Callaway’s actions really cost the team. We knew they would, and the pitching staff has indeed struggled mightily this year. The team is in the bottom third of the league with a 4.70 ERA, and number six in the MLB in most walks per nine innings.
We’ve had to say goodbye to some of the underperforming arms at the deadline or through cuts, and I can’t help but wonder how this season would have gone if Callaway didn’t have to be disgusting and we could just have a normal season with a normal, permanent pitching coach.
Three Angel pitchers were affected by this in particular.
No. 3 LA Angels pitcher who Mickey Callaway ruined: Griffin Canning
Remember in 2020 when Griffin Canning was dealing for the LA Angels?
He showed some promise in 2019, and followed it up with a 2020 in which he posted a 3.99 ERA and won a Gold Glove.
Well, ever since Callaway embarrassed himself and let our team down in the process, Canning posted a 5.60 ERA in 2021. That was the worst ERA of his career, and he had a career-worst 1.484 WHIP.
Before he was ruled out for the season, it got so bad that he had to finish what was left of his year in Triple-A. Canning walked four batters per nine innings this year.
Imagine if he didn’t have to go through this year without a pitching coach. The dude had talent.