So much for that offensive progress, eh?
The Angels put on a clinic today in how horrible situational hitting. Despite facing the infamous Vin Mazzaro, the Angels managed to hit into five doubleplays in the first six innings.
There was certainly some bad luck involved in some of those GIDPs, but five doubleplays is still five doubleplays. After a game like this, one can't help but point the finger at hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. I've tried deflecting blame away from him before, but there is no avoiding it now. This kind of ineptitude with runners on base has become a systemic problem and I don't see it is going to change in the current atmosphere.
Maybe a new voice can't do anything to change the hitters' approach, but what do the Angels have to lose at this point?