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Ron Washington wants answers from Angels’ pitching staff

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Angels manager Ron Washington had a very simple request of his pitching staff this season.

Washington wanted his pitchers to throw first-pitch strikes. Rhett Bollinger from MLB.com reported in Spring Training that the Angels made it a point of emphasis, posting daily strike percentages on 0-0 and 1-1 counts. 

Getting that first strike made a drastic impact as the hitter’s OPS changed by over 200 points depending on whether or not that next pitch was a strike.

Despite that emphasis, the Angels have struggled to throw first-pitch strikes again this season. Angels starting pitchers had a 57.8% first-strike rate entering Friday, the lowest in the majors. 

Their struggles to throw first-pitch strikes have led to shorter outings, putting more of a strain on the bullpen. Bollinger reported on Friday that Washington wants some answers, requiring each starter to explain why they are not executing first pitch strikes during a meeting with coaches on Monday.

Washington is well-respected as one of the great teachers in the game. His work with younger players has been lauded and was a key part of the Braves’ success. 

Washington also made it clear that he expects accountability from the Angels, saying that everyone will pull their weight or they will no longer be part of the team.

Little had been expected of the Angels this season. The A’s ineptitude kept the Angels from being predicted in the divisional basement. 

However, there is a different feel around the franchise. Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon have turned back the clock. The Angels are playing hard and buying into Washington’s enthusiasm. 

Washington is also about to face his first test with the Angels as he demands answers from his pitching staff. Those answers, and subsequent adjustments, could determine whether or not those pitchers stick around.

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