ANAHEIM, Calif. If there was a blueprint to the Angels' season, it looked nothing like this.
The pitching was supposed to be dependable every night. The hitting was a sure thing. The defense was solid. But 12 games into the season, there isn't consistency in any area. The Angels lack energy and focus.
Is it any wonder that manager Mike Scioscia addressed his concerns with the team after a 6-0 loss to the Oakland A's on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium?
The exact details aren't known, but Scioscia acknowledged he spoke to his players about the need to keep things simple and, as he said several times in his postgame session with the media, "grind it out."
"We have to get simple and start grinding it out, grind out every at bat, and start to pressure other teams," he said. "We'll get better at that. We're a stronger team than we've shown."
They are, but in the midst of a 4-8 start that puts them six games behind the Texas...