Purgatory Online

Thursday, October 07, 2004

I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff done before leaving town this afternoon, so this will necessarily be brief. A lot's being made about home plate umpire Jerry Mears's strike zone last night; in my opinion, it was pretty tiny, but mostly consistent. There were three or four instances in which he seemed to call differently than he had before, which is bad, but it happened to both the Angels and the Red Sox. And Jerry Mears didn't throw a wild pitch at a critical time, or strike out with a runner in scoring position.

The major problem I'm having with the Angels in this series is not that they're losing. The Red Sox are a good team - the best in the American League, I think - and they're playing good baseball. My problem is that the Angels are losing because of their mental mistakes, and looking like chumps while doing so. This just isn't the team they've been this year. They've lost games, sure, but they've never looked like the Kansas City Royals before. Regardless of what's happening - and I suspect emotional letdown after chasing down the A's may be a factor - I'd really like it to stop, at least for one game.

Like I said, I'm going out of town for a few days, so the next entry (probably Monday) will discuss either the last game of the season or the incredible comeback.