Rangers 5 Angels FREAKING NIL
The Angels were three-hit by a pitcher who used to be a failed relief pitcher. They scored zero runs, had zero extra base hits, showed zero effort, and came away with zero expectations remaining for the rest of the week. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday.
In a shutout loss, the general consensus is that “You can’t win if you don’t score.” It is a very true adage. That said, we always knew we weren’t going to score. This was a given loss, the second-most blatantly obvious of the season’s third week (behind an upcoming home game against Marco Gonzales), so watching the team struggle to even get to second base after the first wasn’t exactly a shocker.
What was certainly shocking was watching Brad Ausmus and his ivy league education make some moves that scream, “I have no idea what I am doing.” In fact, there might be an incredibly hyper-specific meme out there that gets the point across.
Seriously, what the heck did I just watch?
So Jaime Barria was down 3-0. I don’t exactly hate the decision to pull him, but his pitch count was still pretty manageable. Maybe we want to consider letting him go a bit longer to rest the bullpen that we killed the day before? After all, we are about to run a gauntlet.
So Dillon Peters comes in. Why? I don’t hate using him, but did we call up a AAA starter with the intention of using him in long relief, or are we wasting him in a trivial game that we probably won’t come back in anyway? If it’s the former, whatever happened to Noe Ramirez?
He wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t great. He gave up a two run shot to Joey Gallo on a decently placed fastball down to make it 5-0. Okay, so we lose. Whatever. Let’s just go ahead and ride it out.
So they pull him after he lets someone on and put in Ty Buttrey.
Now, my brain is spinning. Excuuuuuuuuse me? If Buttrey is being used here, why was he not used yesterday, in multiple high leverage situations? Announcers were under the impression that maybe he was being used there to keep his arm fresh.
“To keep his arm fresh?” WHAT? YOU MEAN HE IS OUT OF PRACTICE DESPITE HAVING OPPORTUNITY AFTER OPPORTUNITY TO BE USED IN THE GAME THAT WE LOST 12-7?
Okay, screw it. Whatever. Brad Ausmus passed an extensive written exam in order to get where he is, so maybe I should go ahead and trust his decis—
Then Noe Ramirez hustles in.
I must be in the crazy house, because I could have sworn that we were having Dillon Peters, a guy who regularly goes 5, soak up innings. Not only do they waste our personal Fireman of the Year to keep the game at FIVE TO NOTHING, but they then go to the guy that we count on to get us through these entire situations for a minute fraction of it.
Let’s summarize. Ty Buttrey of the 99 MPH fastball and Noe Ramirez, who has worked hard to become a 2-3 inning guy, were used as Cam Bedrosians. On the other hand, Cam Bedrosian and Jake Jewell were kept in winnable situations while the offense batted against eminently awful pitchers.
But hey, at least the two pitchers we needed most in our darkest of hours were ready to go for a game against a pitcher that almost no-hit us.
As I said before, it helps to score runs, but some moves are so questionable that you consider flying out to Arlington for the game tomorrow to shout into the dugout: