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Recall that the Angels were supposed to be one of the best teams in recent baseball history
Who? What? They were supposed to be better than they are, but didn't they project to be about as good as Texas, Boston (ha!), and NY, in the 90-95 win range?
"Weren't supposed to be one of the best teams in 2012" is as wrong as "Were supposed to be one of the best in recent memory", in the other direction.
For having a reputation as an ultra-aggressive manager, Scioscia should have had Peter Bourjos running before the GIDP happened. Mike undoubtedly was relying on the 64% Win Expectancy by standing pat, and not going with his gut.
The cool thing about that double play is that the pitch came from the team's LOOGY throwing to a right handed hitter, the ball went to a guy who was a catcher last year to a guy who was a shortstop 2 weeks ago to a guy who was a minor league outfielder at the start of the year. It's just one if those years.
- Bob Melvin seems to use Ryan Cook when Balfour isn't available to close (or is it the reverse? Hadn't Melvin taken away Balfour's closing privileges earlier in the year and caused him to pout?). If Cook had been available for Kendrick instead of being burned in the 8th, no way Kendrick gets to face Jerry Blevins.
Bob Melvin seems to use Ryan Cook when Balfour isn't available to close (or is it the reverse? Hadn't Melvin taken away Balfour's closing privileges earlier in the year and caused him to pout?).
If I'm remembering right the closer job this year has belonged to (in order) Balfour, Fuentes, Balfour, Cook, Balfour.
[Edit: looks like I misremembered, and that middle Balfour stint didn't happen]
Fuentes was the one who cried when he was removed from the role.
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