One day after manager Mike Scioscia blasted his pitchers' performance this season, calling it "terrible" and "absolutely awful," it's worth examining the long journey the Angels took to arrive at this point.

The fast facts of the Angels' situation are grim. They're 11-20 for the sixth time ever, matching the worst 31-game start in team history. The previous five times, the Angels never finished with a better record than 80-82.

The lineup hasn't been as dangerous (or as healthy) as expected, but it's impossible to ignore the fact the pitching staff is near the bottom of the league by almost every statistical measure. Neither the starters nor the relievers are immune.

Angels pitchers have allowed 39 home runs this season (tied for 25 th out of 30 major-league teams) and are allowing hitters to reach base at a .344 clip (29 th). The pitchers are making it hard on their catchers with 17 wild pitches (27 th) but are not effectively wild (their 1.70 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 28 th). The bullpen has blown five saves in nine chances, a 55.5 percent failure rate (29 th).

One person who doesn't need to be reminded of these numbers is Mike Butcher. The Angels' seventh-year pitching coach isn't into making excuses, although he has plenty at his disposal. Butcher must learn each pitcher's name before he can learn their repertoires, and even that hasn't been easy.