Baseball, in small samples, is always unpredictable. Extend a fragment a little further, though, and it all starts to make sense.
The Angels and Tampa Bay Rays each entered their four-game series this week with 23 wins and 23 losses. Fittingly, they each exited it with 25 wins and 25 losses. Two .500 teams played .500 baseball.
The Angels lost 4-0 on Thursday afternoon to seal the truism. They scored only nine runs in the series, and five of those were in the games’ first innings.
They threatened but managed nothing in Thursday’s first. To begin the game, Cameron Maybin began to walk back to the dugout on what he thought was a called third strike. The ball clearly passed...