I've never fully gotten into the Fire Mickey Hatcher movement, but after this game, I would like to volunteer myself to become President of the Fire Hatcher Committee.
Normally, I would say that while Mickey doesn't appear to be a great coach, the Angels' problems at the plate extend far beyond what any hitting coach is responsibe for. Tonight though, COMPLETELY on him.
The Angels faced Tyson Ross a few weeks ago and he carved them up by pounding the strike zone and getting the Angels to swing at a pitcher's pitch early in the count. In that game, Ross cruised through six innings on 91 pitches, 61 of which were strikes. The Halos made him look like an ace. Since then, Ross has been getting pounded by every team he has faced.
But guess what happened tonight? Ross got to face the Angels again and, just like last time, they swung at his pitch early in the count and made him look like an ace. If the Halos had a hitting coach that wasn't totally incompetent, they would have come into this game having made adjustments to their plan of attack against Ross that failed to miserably the last time. Nope, they have Hatcher and his sole plan of attack for any pitcher which is "if it is possibly in the strike zone, swing away." Another fine Hatcher hatcher job.
Oh, I guess we should give Mickey some credit, the Angels did manage to work one walk against Ross this time and made him use 94 pitches, 60 for strikes, to get through six innings. Baby steps, right?
Ugh, we are never going to be rid of Hatcher, are we.
Athletics 5, Angels 0