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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