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Who to blame for our struggles against the Royals


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There were a lot if mitigating factors here.

1. Santiago not getting that called 3rd strike against Hosmer cost a run. This umpire was terrible.

2. Pitching to Cain when you don't have to, that one falls on Scioscia.

3. Salas just isn't who you want in close games, Scioscia.

4. Leaving Santiago in to face Morales who had skews ry hit him hard that night, again falls on Scioscia.

Yeah I'd say Mike may have managed his way out of a victory tonight, but that happens.

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Looks like the Royals don't miss much of a beat without Shields.

They have really good pitching depth, put the ball in play better than any MLB team, and run and defend as well as any MLB team.

They are the 1960's Raviners, minus a true ace like a Koufax.

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There were a lot if mitigating factors here.

1. Santiago not getting that called 3rd strike against Hosmer cost a run. This umpire was terrible.

2. Pitching to Cain when you don't have to, that one falls on Scioscia.

3. Salas just isn't who you want in close games, Scioscia.

4. Leaving Santiago in to face Morales who had skews ry hit him hard that night, again falls on Scioscia.

Yeah I'd say Mike may have managed his way out of a victory tonight, but that happens.

 

Santiago has to man up..   He's got a tendency to fall apart like a house of cards and become his own worst enemy, last night was no different..  That ump last night was rather generous most of the night but Santiago's past likely hurt his chances at getting marginal calls.   People will in one breath say that Scioscia is unwilling to give younger or untested players some rope, but then you have a situation like last night where he gives a guy a shot to show he can overcome his own history and when he doesn't it's the managers fault.

 

Santiago was the 2014 version of CJ Wilson last night, he'd get two outs and then fall apart.   

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I'd place the blame on the 2/3 of our lineup who made Vargas look like Cy Young (Iannetta and Pujols especially), the half of Hector's brain that causes him to fall apart as soon as he's ahead in the count, Fernando Salas, Bill Miller and of course Eric Hosmer's stupid face. 

But i'm not panicking about that game. with the pitching match up it wasn't really ever going to be a win unless our offense came out guns blazing and they haven't done that against the Royals at home in a while. At least it wasn't a 19 inning game that ended in a loss. lol yankees.

Plus, hector wasn't TERRIBLE. he wasn't good, but he didn't completely fall apart. 

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Hector struggled. Like always he gets left in too long. But he has to let stuff go. And it always seems like every team has a defensive gem against us. Except the Royals. They usually make three stupid great plays every game against us. Homer on that foul popper off Albert is never made. And moose made two great plays for outs at third. One would have been a foul ball but the other would have been a double. Even the first hit of game from Cowgill damn near got caught. By the SS. And he was what 30 feet from the warning track? These guys don't give up on any ball in the field. THATS why they have our number and wins games that other teams don't.

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Trout gets on first and Pujols hits into a DP. Freese then hits a solo shot.

Trout gets on first and then Pujols K's.

Pujols flailed last night.

 

Claude, come on dude. You're trolling on Pujols every chance you get, but you won't give him his props when he comes through for the Angels. 

 

Yes he had a bad night, but so did Iannetta, Cron, Aybar and the rest of the team with RISP. 

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