Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Angels are LITERALLY Insane
Albert Einstein (widely regarded as one of, if not the, smartest guys ever) defined Insanity as doing the same thing over again but expecting different results. If Einstein is to be believed, what the Angels are doing is actually insane.
Leading 4-1 heading into the final inning of play against the Washington Nationals, the Angels looked poised to sweep the series and hop ahead of .500 for the first time on the season. The team was in high spirits, with Pujols hitting his 500th career home run the night before and the offense clicking for the first time on the road in a long time.
Then, as the team has done too many times over the past two seasons, they put the ball and the game in the hands of closer Ernesto Frieri. As you might expect, Frieri blew the save, giving up 3 runs to tie the game before handing the ball off to another one of the rotating crew of lackluster bullpen guys.
The Halos, although still winning the series in Wahshington, now face tomorrow realizing they were three outs from a series sweep but once again left the ball in the hands of the inept-at-best Ernesto Frieri.
If things are going to improve for the Angels this season, and seasons ahead, they need to stop relying on one of the most inconsistent closers in baseball. I'm not sure what the solution is, but anything at this point would be better than the insanity the Angels are dealing with now.