That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Mike Scioscia doing his best managing job to date

AP file photo: Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) enters the field prior to a Major League Baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. The Angels won the game 9-4…Trask Smith/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

ANAHEIM–The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were not expected to contend this season in this western division of the American League. The LA Angels have been playing with a “patched up”lineup, without the services of reigning MVP Mike Trout, and their ace pitcher Garrett Richards, and a plethora of pitchers that have been hurt like Tyler Skaggs, Andre Heaney, Nick Tropeano, even closers Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian. The shuttle from their AAA team in Salt Lake City, Utah to Anaheim, California is one of busiest flights in the LA Angels world these days.

The one milestone of Albert Pujols hitting his 600th home-run against fellow Dominican Ervin Santana on June3 at Angels Stadium is now history and since them he now is chasing Sammy Sosa for #8 in history. Pujols has 601 homeruns.

Against all the adversity the longest tenured manager in major league baseball, Mike Sciosia (18th years with the LA Angels) have done a tremendous job keeping this team just above water. Tonight at Angels Stadium the Halos play the second game of a four game set against the Kansas City Royals. The Angels are 35-35, holding a distant second place to the Houston Astros. Prior to his current series the Angels won two out of three in Detroit against the Tigers, and two of three in Houston against the Astros. The Angels are the only team in the western division to have taken a series against the Astros and at Houston.

Sciosia is the same consistent skipper, day in and day out, as he holds his daily press chat with the media in the Angels third base dugout a few hours porior to the game.

“I have a lot of talent here and we have a long way to do” says Sciosica who then responds to another question about Mike Trout, “:Of course we miss him, but we have a lot of very competitor ballplayers here”.

Since winning the 2002 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, Scioscia (once considered the top candidate to manage the team he played for, the Dodgers) has been regarded as one of the best managers in the game.He is showing why this year.

With a fourth place finish last year, the Los Angeles Angels were looking to improve in 2017, but their pitching situation was compromised from Spring Training. Somehow, Mike Scoscia has kept this boat afloat.








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