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LA Angels: 3 Halo pitchers Mickey Callaway ruined

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Sep 5, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Andrew Heaney (38) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Andrew Heaney (38) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports /
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LA Angels, Griffin Canning
Griffin Canning, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

When Mickey Callaway was fired following a sexual misconduct investigation that is banning Callaway from baseball through at least the end of 2022, the LA Angels pitching staff was left out to dry.

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.

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