Rays 8, Angels 3
Let’s take a look at some of the facets of the game. Expected vs. Actual.
#Angels new GM Perry Minasian on AM 830: “Obviously, it’s been talked about. Pitching. Pitching is a need. We know that. Pitching’s gonna be a priority. It’s going to be a major priority.” pic.twitter.com/zahq5PDoV6— nmbaseball (@nmbaseball) November 13, 2020
Let’s see what happened on the pitching side of things…
Perry Minasian made it clear that defense was a priority, and Iglesias certainly adds defense at a low salary of 3.5 million for 2021. https://t.co/oUUNYqxi5z— nmbaseball (@nmbaseball) December 3, 2020
Maybe the defense was better?
The #Angels defensive woes are on full display tonight. Their MLB-leading 28th error led to another run being scored.— Brent Maguire (@bmags94) May 5, 2021
In addition to the errors, the Angels came into tonight next-to-last in Defensive Runs Saved (-15) and had the fifth-worst Ultimate Zone Rating (-5.1).
Throw in a TOOTBLAN for good measure.
Justin Upton also suffered an injury. Max Stassi seemed to as well.
MEDICAL UPDATE:— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) May 5, 2021
Justin Upton exited tonight's game with a left knee contusion.
Mike Trout hit it to the moon. If you stomached the first part of this, you are now rewarded with a Trout bomb.
The Angels are 13-15. They are Lucy. We are Charlie Brown flat on our backs. There will be a time when they give us hope again, allow us to believe that we can be successful with this group in 2021.
And I’m going to fall for it again.