FanPost

Hey Angels: What's Up with the Errors?

sideways - Jeff Gross

Maybe I'm living in the past, but I seem to recall this club priding itself on--indeed building itself around--exceptional defense. Well, we are certainly exceptional this year--exceptionally bad. How bad? Worst in Major League Baseball in fielding percentage, tied for last with Houston in total errors.

The team's pitching staff, all pitch to contact guys, has been assembled around the assumption that our superior defense would make them "better" than they'd be on other teams. Maybe the collapse of fielding has something to do with the underperforming pitching staff. Or maybe the idea of improving mediocre pitching with good defense was silly to begin with. At any rate, nothing much has been working this year, and it's hard to pinpoint any particular culprit. Just to satisfy my curiosity, though, I thought I'd take a look at our defense, player by player, and see who's doing what.

What I found is that our infield stinks, and so does Josh Hamilton. Left is okay, and Center is exceptional. Mike Trout has more chances than just about anyone, and only 2 errors. Hamilton is stinking with 7 errors. But the real problem is the infield.

I thought the reason the light hitting Alberto Callaspo keeps starting at third is his great defense. Well, he's one of the worst defensive third basemen in baseball this year. 10 errors, .940 fielding percentage.

Howie's hitting. Too bad he's not catching the ball. 9 errors, but only a fairly stinky .977 percentage.

Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols combine for 7 errors.

Hank Conger has 5 errors in not that many games; Chris Iannetta has 4.

Erick Aybar is at the bottom with 8 errors, .967. Harris hasn't helped much as a replacement, committing 3 in limited playing time.

Our pitchers combine for 6 more errors. Not sure how that stacks up against other teams, and I'll admit this is a quickie of a post. I don't want to spend more time on this than it deserves. The basic situation is clear. Overall, a piss poor performance. I'll ask the question again. What's up with this team? Bad coaching, bad attitudes, lack of talent? All of the above?

This Fan-Post is authored by an independent fan. Tell us what you think and how you feel.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Halos Heaven

You must be a member of Halos Heaven to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Halos Heaven. You should read them.

Join Halos Heaven

You must be a member of Halos Heaven to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Halos Heaven. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker