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The Angels are on a record pace for being shutout in a season

May 15, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Mark Trumbo

For those who are keeping track, last night’s loss to the Athletics marked the eighth time the Angels have been shut out this season. Five other times they have scored only one or two runs.

I’m gonna assume this pace isn’t going to last.  But if it did, it would put them at 36 shutouts this season.  As far as a I can tell, the record for a team being shutout in a season is 33, held by the 1908 St. Louis Cardinals. The AL Record is 30, by the 1906 Washington Senators.  I can’t find who holds the record in the non-deadball era. Buster Olney or someone with a research assistant (and without kids to get dressed and put on a school bus)will probably figure it out sometime this morning.

Anyway: good times in Anaheim. Let’s root for history, shall we?

  1. Lukehart80 - May 15, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    If I’m searching correctly, I’ve got the 1963 Mets as the post-deadball era record holders, with 30 shutouts, and the 1972 Rangers as the American League leaders with 27. The most in the last 30 years was 21, by the 2008 Nationals (which was probably worth it, because it led to Stephen Strasburg).

    • itsmekirill - May 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Yes but the record for having a DH is only 21 (73 Yankees, 76 White Sox) so the Angels are almost half-way there.

  2. mybrunoblog - May 15, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Yeah yeah we know the Angels offense is struggling but it is early and just wait until the month of May when Pujols starts to hit and……umm wait a minute……utt ohhh.

  3. sj39 - May 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    How’s that 250 million dollar man working out for you?

  4. randygnyc - May 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Moreno must be having sleepless nights. All that wasted money on Pujols, CJ and weaver. It doesn’t matter who’s pitching, if they have no offense.

    I’ll be the first to say, if things don’t dramatically change in the next 3-4 weeks, Soscia gets fired!

    • paperlions - May 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Moreno is so insanely wealthy, that I doubt this causes him anything more than minor consternation or disappointment. He is still making many tens of millions of dollars of profit off the Angels every single year…I’m sure he sleeps just fine.

  5. jhorton83 - May 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    At some point, Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher is finally going to be held responsible for this. Soscia can’t protect him forever.

    • Glen - May 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      You would think that would be the case. However…Mickey will still be there at the end of the year. Unless Dipoto takes one of Scioscia’s toys away from him.

    • mybrunoblog - May 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Great point. The usual scapegoating begins with firing the batting coach when an offense struggles or the pitching coach when the pitchers struggle. This is followed closely by firing the manager(who, days before got a full vote of confidence from ownership). Then maybe you release a couple of under performing veterans, then you send some rookies back to triple A for “seasoning”….All this while the owner and GM who put the mess together sit in a luxury box and sip adult beverages and complain to each other.

  6. papacrick - May 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    2012 Albert Pujols = 2011 Adam Dunn

  7. richb22 - May 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I have to agree with jhorton and take it a step further, it all begins at the top and then rolls downhill, maybe we need to look at the Skipper too. As much as I like Mike and all he’s done maybe it’s time for some new blood.

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