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How the Hell do the Angels Keep Winning?

Two (possible) answers to the mystery that has puzzled statheads for more than a decade

Updated: August 26, 2011, 1:38 PM ET
By Jonah Keri

Bad. Stupid. Ridiculous. Sucks. Albatross.

You could spend hours gawking at Angels fans' reactions to the offseason trade that brought Vernon Wells to Orange County. But one term sticks out from the Halos' word cloud of despair: Mathis.

Since taking over as the Angels' primary catcher in 2008, Jeff Mathis has been the worst hitter in baseball, and it's not even all that close. In a span covering 1,053 plate appearances and nearly four seasons, Mathis has hit .195, with a .256 on-base ...

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