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Game 162: The Not So Grand Finale

October 4th, 2012

Albert Pujols and the rest of the 2012 Angels failed amidst huge expectations.

89 wins, 73 losses, and $159 million dollars.

The 2012 Angels were a disappointment. Nothing more, nothing less.

In game 162, the Angels fell to Seattle 12-0, in a game that really didn’t seem like a fair match from the get go. 

Jered Weaver got the start for the Halos, as Mike Scioscia tried to boost Weaver’s Cy Young stock with a 21st win, but Weaver was pulled after just 1 inning, in which he allowed 2 runs. The apparent cause of him being pulled was “fatigue,” according to various sources that cover the Angels.

Mike Trout was the other main storyline of the game, as he attempted to become the 3rd player ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 50 bases (yes, that is rarer than the triple crown) in the same season, and the first since Barry Bonds in 1990. Trout did reach base 3 times, via a hit by pitch, single, and a double, but was caught stealing in his only try of the game, leaving him with a 30-49 season. Not too shabby.

The Mariners offense was hot the entire night, taking advantage of a poor Angels bullpen. The Angels sent six different pitchers to the mound, and only one (Jordan Walden) pitched more than one out without allowing a run. Every Mariners hitter, including Carlos Triunfel, scored at least 1 run. Casper Wells especially wreaked havoc on Angels pitching, as he drove in 5 runs.

And the Angels’ offense vanished.

So the Angels have failed to reach the 90-win mark for the third consecutive year. The best fans can hope for is a strong offseason that includes shoring up the pitching staff.

On the bright side, Houston joins the AL West next season!

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  • Dubya19 says on: October 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

     

    “On the bright side, Houston joins the AL West next season!”

    Funny how statements like this are reminiscent of how Angels fans were dismissing the A’s and Marineors coming into the season as possible 100-loss candidates. Well, we saw what happened with the A’s, and while the Mariners were certainly a last place team, they proved to be one of the better last place teams in MLB. I concede it’s a stretch to think Houston will be uber-competitive next year, but after how this year transpired, I’d hold back on any hint of condescension for the 2013 season.

    • Dan says on: October 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm

       

      To Dubya19: Not only are you consistently annoying, YOU are the condescending one. Until next season.

      • Dubya19 says on: October 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

         

        Spare me….you reek of the kind of bitterness one would expect from a fan whose team failed to make the playoffs after thinking last offseason’s “big splash” signings all but guaranteed 100 wins and a trip to the World Series. I apologize that you root for a team whose front office is garbage, but that doesn’t completely excuse you lashing out like that.

  • Bill Voss Fan Club says on: October 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

     

    The 18 – 1 a**kicking was absolutely the only way to finish the season. Trout stuck at 49, Weaver’s 1 inning … honestly, getting kicked in the teeth was the PERFECT way to finish this season. Not even a morsel.

    I printed out the final stats to review, figuring I’d end up fixated on Kendrick’s low OPS or Wilson’s WHIP. No, what caught my eye was the incredible statistic duel between Jason Isringhausen and LaTroy Hawkins. Now honestly, which one did you dread seeing more emerge from the bullpen ? The stats call it pretty much a tie ! Check it out:

    Innings Pitched … Isringhausen 45.2 to 42
    Wins … Isringhausen 3 to 2
    Losses … Isringhausen 2 to 3
    Saves … Hawkins 1 to 0
    Save % … Hawkins 25% (1 in 4) to 0% (0 for 5)
    Opp Batting Avg … Isringhausen .251 to .280
    ERA … Hawkins 4.14 to 3.64
    K’s … Isringhausen 31 to 23
    HR Allowed … Hawkins 5 to 7
    WHIP … Tie 1.38

    Isringhausen wins 5 to 4 !!!

    Yep, cruel to dump on two vets who just didn’t have it anymore. Don’t care, after this season we are all allowed to spew some vile for a bit, truly, this isn’t a tea & crumpet moment saying “nice try”. A very difficult season for many reasons.

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