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Mike Scioscia’s frustration boils over after Angels’ fall in extra innings for fifth straight loss

Jun 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT


Mike Scioscia was so frustrated following the Angels’ extra-inning loss to the Rays last night that Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times describes how “his voice filled with ire … the longer the postgame interview went on.”

In losing for the fifth straight game and falling to 30-34 overall the Angels struck out 11 times and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, which caused Scioscia to remark that having today off wasn’t even a positive thing:

I wish we were playing tomorrow, because we need to put our nose to the grindstone and start getting after it. We need to get those tough at-bats, to put the barrel on the ball and play better baseball. This has gone far too long. We need to right this ship. It doesn’t matter if we have Salt Lake coming in, Altoona coming in, or Orem coming in; we’ve got to play better baseball, that’s the bottom line. These guys are better players than this.

Scioscia’s criticism was aimed mostly at the offense, and rightfully so, as the Angels’ pitching staff ranks third in ERA while the lineup ranks 11th in runs. Howie Kendick is the only hitter on the team with an OPS above .800 and the Angels uncharacteristically lead the league in strikeouts after ranking no higher than eighth in any of the previous 10 seasons. And right now they’re on pace for back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1993 and 1994.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Fire Mickey Hatcher!

    • pauleee - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      Right on the money! Here’s his splits: .000/.000/.000 Ugh! I say we give him until the ASG and if he’s still not hitting, then dump his ass.

      • SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        I’ll spell it out for you.

        The Angels used to be a team that took a lot of pitches.

        A month or so ago Conger commented on how he, Trumbo an Bourjos work with each other on their hitting. All three of them get a lot of garbage pitches not even close to the strikezone. A good hitting coach would put together a lot of video and sit them down and show them to not even swing their bats.

        All of them have a lot of at-bats where they would walk if they didn’t move. So they need to be told to stop swinging until pitchers stop this. Also, they take too many pitches with two strikes. They should be patient if the pitcher isn’t throwing strikes.

        Once the pitcher is throwing strikes though don’t take. They’ve had plenty of times where the pitcher struggled to throw strikes in an inning and Torii comes up and hits the first pitch and grounds into another DP.

        A competent hitting coach can help with that.

  2. purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Ever since Arte Moreno bought the Angels from Disney the team has been badly mis-managed in their front office. Consider the long string of gaffes:

    * Former GM Bill Stone-less was scared to death to trade any of his precious prospects, and by holding on to his top 4 “can’t miss” prospects, he failed to trade for what Scocsia needed to get back to one or more World Series after 2002. Stone-less’ top 4? Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis, Brandon Wood and Dallas Mc Pherson.

    Kotchman’s a backup who would be in the minors were it not for Man-Ram’s sudden retirement. Mathis is a backup. Wood is a backup and Mc Pherson in in AAA.

    * Arte stuck his nose in and gave both Bartolo Colon and Torii Hunter an additional guaranteed year as well as an additional $1M/year to simply outbid everyone else. The Angels got 2 1/2 years out of Colon over his 5 year contract and Hunter is clearly in decline with another year still go on his 5 year guaranteed deal.

    * Arte got schooled by Scott Bor-ass when he naively believed that Bor-ass was dealing without having extra cards up his sleeve and is now said to be so ticked off at Bor-ass that he wants nothing more to do with him. That cost the Angels any shot they may have had at signing Adrian Beltre last offseason and I think will also cost them to lost Jeff Weaver too.

    * After being burned on Texiera, Arte set a new policy of offering free agents only “take it or leave it” offers. That cost the Angels Carl Crawford, who has said he would have signed with the Angels had the money been roughly equal. Sure, Crawford’s off to a slow start, but the failure to sign him caused the Angels to panic and not only assume Vernon Wells bad contract, but also trade two serviceable veterans for him as well.

    Throw in Kendrys Morales being out for a second season in a row and can you blame Scocsia for being frustrated?

  3. hep3 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    How about Gary Matthews, Jr.? How about taking on Vernon Wells and his millstone of a salary?

    Scioscia is a great manager, but give the poor guy some help.

    Well, at least the Angels are in Los Angeles now. Wait, what? They’re not? Who knew?

    • purdueman - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      hep… I forgot about Matthews Jr., but then again he’s very forgettable! LOL! That was ANOTHER Bill Stone-less $50M gaffe!!! The Angels are STILL paying him this year on that contract. Talk about dead money!

      With waning interest here in the OC and declining attendance what I truly expect the Angels to do next offseason is to make an all out run at Albert Pujois if St. Louis doesn’t re-sign him first during that short window between the end of the season and when players officially hit free agency.

      I think this likely because it’s being reported in Chicago that the Cubs don’t have the budget (even with several bad contracts coming off the books at the end of the season), the Mets are too much of a mess to attract him, the Yankees and Red Sox are both set at IB for years to come, the Dodgers are broke and have Eithier and the Giants have Belt.

      In addition, Pujois isn’t a Bor-ass guy, Kendrys Morales future is in serious doubt and Pujois is the kind of high character guy that the Angels love. The Angels need to revitalize what’s become a very boring, disinteresting team and Pujois would be just the ticket to sell more tickets.

  4. psousa1 - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Boy, people out here still kill Theo Epstein for Daisuke Matsuzaka, JD Drew and Julio Lugo. At least they got a World Series out of them. You Angels fans are correct Scioscia is a great manager (the only time I watch a Sox game and worry about the other manager is when they play the Angels or Rays) but that front office treats him like a mushroom – keep him in the dark and shovel crap on him. I do admit though I thought Dallas McPherson was going to be a star. Just what you outlined was pretty amazing how they could have missed on that much just in the past 5-6 years.

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