The LA Angels really disappointed us this season.
They disappointed us in many ways, but their overall performance just didn’t cut it this season. While injuries played a major role in all of that, it was still frustrating to sit back and watch Shohei Ohtani not get the support to make the playoffs.
There are three stats in particular that show how disappointing this past season was, and illustrates why the team fell short of expectation.
No. 3 statistic you wouldn’t believe that defined the LA Angels’ letdown 2021 season: 26 runners caught stealing
The LA Angels aren’t sending their runners at the right time.
They’re tied for eighth in the league with 26 runners caught stealing. What’s more alarming about this is that they’re not stealing a ton of bases to go along with that.
Of the nine other teams with just as many or more stolen bases than the Halos, six of them have at least 86 stolen bases. The Angels had just 79 steals.
It’s not that the Angels don’t have speed. Shohei Ohtani is the fastest baserunner in the AL, Brandon Marsh is a burner, Jared Walsh is one of the fastest first basemen in baseball, and David Fletcher can move himself. It’s that the Halos aren’t sending guys at the right times.
For instance, 10 of these squandered stolen base attempts were from Ohtani. That shouldn’t be happening.
A fast player like Ohtani has a target on his back as soon as he gets on base, but that’s not an excuse for getting thrown out ten times.
Joe Maddon is a three-time Manager of the Year, but needs to get better when it comes to sending runners at the right times.