The strike zone: a brief study

And so yet again those cry baby Angels from California are whinging like a pack of five year olds about those big bullies the Boston Red Sox beating them up in the play yard.

We have seen this before, in fact this is the third time that the Angels have complained bitterly about how they lost to the Sox. Maybe eventually they will start looking at themselves for the answer as to how their season always seems to come to an end at the foot of Mount Red Sox. Look, if you are going to rely on a 'closer' who has blown a stack of saves, and was getting slapped around last night, well, you are often going to have an unhappy ending to your stories.

The focal point of the Angels collective whine is the ball that was called on Tricky Nicky Green allowing the Sox to score the tying run. First off, let's have a look at the Major League strike zone.

As you can see from the above, the stike zone starts at the knees, anything below the knees is not a strike, or, a ball.

Now let's have a look at the pitch in question. As you can see from the below screen capture, the pitch from the human batting practice machine Fuentes, is below the knee. Or, a ball. This was correctly called by the blue.

With that settled, all this fussing and whining from the Angels, would it not be more pertinent for them to maybe ask questions as to why their left fielder decided not to dive for the baseball as it dropped in front of him for the winning runs? How on earth can you not go all out for that ball?

At the end of the day, it would appear easier for the cry baby Angels to point fingers at others rather than take a long, cold, hard look at themselves and ask why their left fielder doesn't have the courage to go after a fly ball, and as to why their so called closer can't get any outs.

If they got the answers to those questions maybe they would be partially on their way to stopping rolling over for the Sox.

Until then, whine away Angels, whine away.