Gaffes galore as Angels fall short
They couldn’t catch a popup in the opener.
And they couldn’t execute simple throws to first base on bunts in the finale.
There are reasons the Los Angeles
They may be among baseball’s most consistently excellent teams, praised throughout the sport for doing all the little things right.
But that’s during the regular season.
Against the New York
“We didn’t play
Then, after the
“The mistakes of the game are part of the game,” he said. “They happen.”
It happened on consecutive batters. Kazmir’s 45-foot toss became a parabolic shot put over first base.
“During the middle of the throw I kind of wanted to ease up a little bit,” Kazmir said, “and I ended up airmailing it.”
In the end, when they were dropping to 0-3 in the ALCS in the Bronx, their biggest spark was nowhere to be found: Unfortunately, the Rally Monkey doesn’t make road trips.
“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles this season – death of a teammate, a lot of injuries to key players, and we battled,” Hunter said.
But they were outplayed by the
“They played good team game,” said Abreu, who left the
Instead of setting the table, Figgins hit .130 in the series, going 3 for 23 out of the leadoff spot. Abreu batted .160 (4 for 25) in the No. 2 hole.
“At times we played good baseball. At times we shot ourselves in the foot,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “The
Figgins, eligible for free agency, might have played his final game with L.A.
“I hope it’s not. I mean that’s yet to be seen,” he said. “I’m just trying to reflect on the good things that happened through the season and worry about that stuff later.”
Los Angeles’ hyped speed on the bases never materialized: The
And the defense? After making just 85 errors during the regular season, Los Angeles had eight in six games.
“I would have said no way we would have that many errors,” Hunter said. “Defensively I thought we were sound all season and then we get in the playoffs, things just happened. I don’t know why, I have no idea. It’s probably mental, I’m pretty sure.”
So here’s the bottom line since the
-They lost to Boston in the first round in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
-They lost to the Chicago
There can’t be much satisfaction, even with their recent success. And to get to the World Series, the
“I know they’ve got all those guys locked up for 20 years,” Hunter said. “So it’s going to be a mountain to climb trying to get past those guys.”