Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sloppy Mathis, Shields Down Angels: Rays 4, Angels 2
It seems to me that it's about time to revisit Jeff Mathis' errors, it being he has so damned many:
- April 2 @ MIN: 6th inning, Nick Punto at first, two outs; Punto stole second and advanced to third on the overthrow. Brendan Harris flied out to end the inning. The Angels won a tight one 1-0 despite a two-out error by Erick Aybar in the fourth.
- May 2 vs. BAL: 3rd inning, Melvin Mora at first, two outs. Mora steals second, Mathis sailed the throw, Mora took third, but with no consequence as Jered Weaver then got Aubrey Huff to ground out to first unassisted. Weaver gave up a crucial two runs in that inning already, and the Angels lost 4-3.
- May 11 @ TBA: 4th inning, Carl Crawford on first, B.J. Upton at the plate. Crawford stole second, Mathis overthrew, Crawford took third. Ervin Santana got Upton to strike out to end the frame. The Angels lost 8-5.
- June 16 vs NYM: 1st inning, one out, Jose Reyes on second, David Wright at the plate. Reyes stole third and scored on a bad throw. Wright struck out, but Carlos Betran lofted a solo homer to make it 2-0 in a game the Angels eventually lost 9-6.
- June 18 vs NYM: 1st inning, no outs, Jose Reyes on first from a leadoff single. With Marlon Anderson batting, Reyes stole second and took third on a bad throw; Reyes later scored on David Wright's groundout. The Angels eventually rallied to a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Francisco Rodriguez' blown save (featuring a two-out wild pitch that allowed Jose Reyes to reach scoring position) got the Mets into extras, and they eventually beat the Angels 5-4 on Damion Easley's solo homer.
- June 20 @ PHI: 1st inning, Shane Victorino on first; Victorino stole second and reached third on the bad throw, but did not score. In the 6th inning, Jimmy Rollins reached on a Casey Kotchman error, reached third on the usual bad throw by Mathis, and scored on Chase Utley's sac fly for the only run of the game for Philadelphia. The Angels won 7-1.
- June 28 @ LAN: 5th inning, no outs, and Matt Kemp on first thanks to Jered Weaver's misplay of a swinging bunt on the first base side. Kemp tried for a steal of second, Mathis sailed the throw, and scored on a sac fly by Blake DeWitt. The Angels lost 1-0, and this was obviously the crucial play in the game.
- July 12 @ OAK: 2nd inning, two outs, Daric Barton on first. Barton reached second after a botched snap throw to first; Jack Hannahan struck out swinging. The Angels won 4-1.
- August 3 @ NYY: 8th inning, Angels leading 9-8, men on first and second (one due to an earlier Eric Aybar error). Pinch-runner Justin Christian steals third and then scores on Mathis' wild throw to tie the game. The Yanks would score five times that inning and beat the Angels 14-9.
Back to this one. Shields clearly had nothing from the start of his outing; why didn't Scioscia yank him? I guess next time Ervin Santana pitches this well, he'll have to think about how he can get a complete game out of it, too.
The Angels had a winning record against the 2005 White Sox, too, remember. It ain't over, but the Angels need to address the sloppiness. If Scioscia starts talking about how home field advantage doesn't matter, he's crazy.