For a team that boasts Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels have lost a lot of games: 61 so far, with just 44 wins.
But Thursday night’s match was particularly annoying.
The Angels hosted the worst of the Oakland Athletics Games, garnering two of their teammates from Otani, and one each from Kurt Suzuki, Taylor Ward, Joe Adele, Jared Walsh and Mickey Monyak. Seven in total, equaling the club record set in 2003.
And they still lose.
How did this happen? How can copies of this happen so often Tweet about the infertility of the team Despite its generational superstars has it become the franchise’s calling card?
Well, it certainly didn’t help that all seven blasts on Thursday were single shots – another precedent for a team accustomed to their exclusivity. Even then, seven runs should be enough to win most ball games. But the Angels, of course, gave up eight, mostly in a third round of six runs. Janson Junk, the team starter, made two rounds and a third, and was credited with allowing six earned runs.
Eighty-five teams have beaten seven homers in one game, and their record is 79-6. anyway Games stretch back With a Philadelphia A win in 1921, all the losses came in the modern era, starting in 1995. In fact, the Minnesota Twins lost a seven-man game, 17-14, to the Detroit Tigers just last year, and even in the pandemic — in the short 2020 season. , the Toronto Blue Jays managed to drop a game despite hitting seven long balls.
All 31 times, the team had eight or more players who, fortunately, won the game, although one of them, the 2006 Braves, needed 11 rounds to defeat the Cubs, 13-12, at Wrigley Field. It remains the record for most home runs by a team in a game held by the 1987 Blue Jays, who hit a 10-pointer against the Baltimore Orioles one day that season, with Ernie Witt hitting three. Then the score was closer to what one would expect: 18-3.
For many traditionalists who don’t like the way baseball has changed, Thursday night’s game may have been the ultimate example: plenty of home runs, but not nearly enough baseball players. The Angels only had two more hits in the game, a single and a double, and only took two walks and hit nine times.
“I think they always say a single run on their turf doesn’t hit you, but you feel like if you get to seven, you might as well,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin told reporters after the game. “It didn’t work out for us.”
The average team hit of the game, 0.257, was easily the lowest in a seven-player game. The typical average in such games is about .400.
The Angels are slightly above average in visitors this season, but ranked fifth in the last number of points scored. While Trout (currently on the hit list) Ohtani and Ward were hitting, the rest of the team is putting up uninspiring numbers.
Of the 13 hitters with 100 plate appearances, eight hit under 0.250, and some are just under 0.20. Not picking Walsh, because there are many candidates, but the first player to hit .231 with 20 walks at this point in the season won’t win you many games, despite his home run on Thursday.
Angels are below average in every non-racing position Baseball reference version of the warexcluding, unsurprisingly, the quarterback (generally trout) and the particular hitter (usually humiliating me).
And as that viral tweet made clear, having Ohtani in a huge match almost doesn’t guarantee the Angels will win. Thursday’s match was his eleventh performance among the lucky ones at the major tournaments. Angels They are only 6-5 in those games.
The chance to see Ohtani and Trout means there are few teams that will catch the eye of neutral fans more than the Angels. But those viewers are used to seeing great players, a fair number of home runs, but not a lot of wins.