Santana had yet another pathetic start.
Just as I foretold.
Vargas pitched well enough for a W.
Just as I prophesied.
The Angels were embarassed by the Mariners.
Just as we all expected.
Mariners 6 Angels 8
- So Santana got roughed up again, or I should say he beat himself down with the walks, once again. 7 runs and 6 walks in less than 5 IP, this is really nothing new to see here guys. Maybe once Weaver comes back Richards will take Santana's rotation spot if Richards can prove he deserves it. Moving on now.
- Even when the Angels lose Mike Trout still shines. 4 hits in 4 AB's, with one double and two RBI's, essentially give Mike Trout the player of the game pity award. Well it's really a toss up between him and Kendrys Morales, who homered twice in this game (both for solo shots) from the right side. Getting hits off of righties for Kendrys? This is a new and quite novel concept. Almost as novel as his first two XBH's from the right side being home runs. Gee Willikers guys, you think this might have anything to do with the new hitting coach actually helping out with the players swings? Nah, that can't be it. We all know how much influences hitting coaches don't have on their players as many Mickey Hatcher loyal fans would tell you.
- Mark Trumbo struck out four times today. Yep. Just wanted to make sure you all caught that. He is pretty human after all.
- Oh hey, remember how it was Scioscia's 2,000th game as manager of the Angels? Probably would have remember more vividly if you could associate that with a win. A win that was pretty much guaranteed with the Mariners being in town. Thanks for that one guys. Appreciate it.
Notable offensive performances: M.Trout 4-4 2RBI's, M.Izturis 2-5 1RBI 1K, A.Pujols 0-3 1RBI 1BB, M.Trumbo 0-5 4K's, K.Morales 2-5 2R 2RBI's 2HR's 2K's, T.Hunter 1-3 1R 1BB 2K, H.Kendrick 1-4 1R 2K's, E.Aybar 1-3 1R 1BB 1K, B.Wison 0-0 (pulled from game), J.Hester PH-C 1-3 1BB 1K
Halo Hero?? What???
But you've forgotten that Mike Scioscia has now managed 2,000 games with the Angels! This is the man that has brought a pennant and a World Series title to Anaheim, as well as multiple division titles. Scioscia, along with Arte Moreno, brought success and popularity to the Angels, concepts that were foreign to this franchise before his rule as manager.
Even with the Angels loss today that is no reason to overlook the many accomplishments of this great manager, arguably one of the greatest of the past decade and possibly of all time. Undisputedly the best manager the Angels have ever had. Congrats on 2,000 from this fanbase, and I can't wait to see you at 3,000.
OK, I have not been appointed Defender Of Mickey Hatcher but I also can't let the insinuation of the above comments go, either. Cherry picking one game or one player to launch an attack on the Guy Who Is Gone? While that may have a very presidential feel to it, it also lacks any success and even sounds a little/lot desperate (just as it does when PotUS does it 3.5 years later). My main point is the overall limits of the influence a hitting coach can have on batters. So...
The Angels' team batting is almost identical to when Mickey was here. Sure, it may improve. It may have improved anyway. Actually, it should improve giver the career quality of the players involved. So, the premise being put forward is that Mickey was all bad because the team was so woefully underperforming and hitting .250 at the time of his dismissal. Let's see what Eppard has accomplished throughout the lineup since 15 May. If he did the good then it would stand to reason he also did the bad, right? Right?
OK, so he's a whiz with Mike Trout, .316 v. 338. I will offer no disclaimer for the success and there will be none allowed for the failure stories coming. Success, so he must be good, right? I guess it must have been he who caused Izturis' incredible slump. No disclaimer allowed. Pujols was at .212 and is now at .236 and he is now 0-for-the home stand. Trumbo has had a pretty tough time recently, wasn't that long ago he was hitting .370 and sounds like he's falling back into bad habits from last season. Morales was at .301 and is now at .289. Hunter was at .256 and is now at .237. Howie was at .273 and is now at .251. Aybar was at .187 and is now at .222. BoWilson was at .231 (anybody remember THAT?) and is now at an incredible .171. Hester wasn't here yet.
That's just last night's starting lineup but it looks like a net loss to me. It's a wonder the team BA remains the same and I'd guess it's those outlier games with twelve hits, and mostly the four we've been privileged to see in the past week) that I really wish would become more the norm. So, anyway, the answer to your question about if the new hitting coach has helped his (right handed) hitting against LEFT handed pitchers, which Vargas is, is no. I feel like it's a function of getting more playing time against lefties. At one point a week or two ago it was a shock that he got two hits against some left hander but I checked and he only had 25 AB's at that time facing lefties. Can't get any rhythm going that way.
So, if you want to make an argument against the Guy Who Is Gone, I'd suggest that you do NOT want to choose an individual case like this *at this time*. Maybe after the season. Maybe in five years. It's nothing but a straw man argument against an actual person (there must be a term for this, anybody know it?) that falls apart when one looks past the first example of anecdotal evidence.