Five Cuts: With Fuentes' struggles, Angels lack established closer
1. Angels manager
But it became most obvious in ALCS Game 2, even before Fuentes gave up the game-tying home run to
So what does Scioscia do about the ninth inning of Game 3 Monday if he has a one-run lead? Jepsen has much better stuff, but doesn't have the experience. Even
The Angels owe Fuentes $10 million next year. And if he finishes 55 games (he finished 57 this year), they'll have to pay him $9 million in 2011.
2. Memo to
3. One last word on the 0-and-2 fastball Fuentes threw Rodriguez: it's one of the most ill-advised pitches I can ever remember in the postseason, up there with the slider
Well, you have to know where you are in the lineup. Fuentes has one job there: don't let Rodriguez get a swing at anything out and up over the plate, the pitch he has been pounding over walls to center field and right field. He is
The worst thing to happen to Fuentes, according to former Yankees pitcher
"It was," Angels hitting coach
4. It should have been obvious at the time that Angels second baseman
And yet when I asked Izturis if he had one out or two outs in his mind when he decided to go to second, he said through an interpreter, "Two. If I get the ball to
Said Scioscia, "You're not going to turn two. If we get an out on any base we're in good shape. It's a way out of the inning."
Instead, Izturis threw the ball away for a game-ending error. It was only the fifth walk-off error in postseason history, and the latest ever. Take a look at the company Izturis and the Angels joined, and see if you can spot a trend:
The answer: all four previous teams who lost a game on a walk-off error wound up losing the series.
"But he's real good at turning the page," Hatcher said, "and he could come in here [today] and do it."
Guerrero is 0-for-6 with runners on in the series. In Game 2 alone, he ended the first inning with a runner at second, ended the fifth inning with the bases loaded, ended the seventh inning with the bases loaded, and ended the 13th inning with runners at second and third.