The Angels' bullpen seems to have made a collective decision to ruin the team's chances at the post-season and Tony Reagins only seems to be enabling them by refusing to make a trade. We fans now have no option to sit back and watch the tragedy unfold before us as we wallow in the reliever-induced misery.
But before we designate this year's relief corps as the worst of the worst, let's at least do them the dignity of seeing if they are as bad statistically as they are in all of our minds. We already know that the Halos lead the American League with 22 blown saves, but I don't think that tells the whole story, so let's take a look at some more advanced metrics that could reveal the real truth.
One of my favorite advanced metrics is meltdowns, which is sort of a more intelligent blown save based on win probability that ignores the whole stupid normal save rules. In this category, the Angels have picked up 57 meltdowns, which is fourth most in the AL, trailing the Orioles, Twins and Royals who lead at 67. I suspect it is no coincidence that the three teams below them all suck.