By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
APRIL 23, 2002
GAME 20 - ANGELS AT MARINERS
SEATTLE -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he believes the first 20 games his team has played are the exception, not the rule. The track records of his players, he says, reflect different numbers than the ones they have put up so far this season.
But after Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners before 32,127 at Safeco Field, the only numbers that count are in the win-loss column, where the Angels are 6-14. It is the worst start through 20 games in franchise history.
After a 3-2 start, the Angels have lost 12 of 15, including all six to the Mariners. The Mariners now lead the Angels by 10 1/2 games in the American League West and have beaten them in 21 of their past 25 meetings going back to last season.
''I played on a team in '95 that was phenomenal all year long,'' Angels closer Troy Percival said. ''Then all of a sudden, we couldn't win. The same thing can happen in reverse. We ju...