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LA Angels: 3 Halo pitchers Mickey Callaway ruined

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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Dylan Bundy, LA Angels
Dylan Bundy, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 LA Angels pitcher who Mickey Callaway ruined: Dylan Bundy

Well, absolutely nothing has gone right for LA Angels’ veteran starting pitcher Dylan Bundy. I think I know why.

It’s funny how after Bundy’s awful 2018, he had really been coming around. He got really close to returning to form in 2019, and then did more than just return to form under Callaway in 2020.

Bundy posted a 3.29 ERA and a 1.036 WHIP once Callaway started coaching him. He walked just 2.3 batters per nine innings, and gave up just 0.7 homers per nine innings.

In 2021, however, he didn’t have the necessity of a pitching coach to help his development. He is 2-9 with a 6.06 ERA (all stats in this article are as of September 18th). He’s now walking 3.4 batters per nine, and his strikeout rate is down.

He’s giving up multiple bombs a game, and he will likely not be back with us next year. Bundy was so bad that we couldn’t even trade him at the deadline, despite the market for starting pitchers really not being that plentiful for buyers.

Matt Wise can only do so much. He was put in a tough situation with him having to randomly step in due to Callaway’s sexual misconduct.

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I respect what he’s done, but he was put in too tough of a situation to save these three guys. This season would have gone much differently if Callaway’s actions had been better.

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