It's impossible to carry a team to the playoffs from the bench, which is where Angel designated hitter Rickey Henderson and his .188 batting average were parked Friday night.
"He came here with huge expectations and all those credentials, but he's tried way too hard to live up to that," Manager Terry Collins said. "Every time he's traded in the middle of a pennant race he's expected to be the savior, and that's a lot of pressure."
Henderson has thrived in that spotlight, helping Oakland (1989) and Toronto (1993) to win World Series titles, but the game's stolen base leader has been unable to lift the Angels out of their September slump.
He has a decent on-base percentage (.350) and 16 stolen bases, but Henderson hasn't provided the offensive punch the Angels expected when they acquired him from San Diego on Aug. 13.