When the Angels acquired Zack Greinke from the Brewers on July 27, in a move that would supposedly bolster an already-solid rotation, manager Mike Scioscia had no idea that his pitching staff was about to take a severe turn for the worse. Prior to the All-Star break, the Angels had the sixth-lowest ERA in all of Major League Baseball. Since then, they've had the second-highest.
Of course, Scioscia — like everyone else — is also surprised that a team that added Albert Pujols and has gotten what is looking like the greatest rookie season ever from Mike Trout could miss the playoffs for the third straight year.
Though the offense has been spectacular after a slow start — no one has scored more runs than the Angels since the All-Star break — the pitching has to catch up if the Halos are to overcome a deficit for the second wild card spot that stood at 3 1/2 games entering Thursday's action.
Scioscia talked to NESN's Peter Gammons on Red Sox Gameday LIVE, Presented by UNO to discuss the Angels' pitching woes and a guy by the name of Trout.