MLB fans tend to give Angel Hernandez a tough time, and he's not the only umpire or referee that goes through this. But when you're in just the 11th percentile of all umpires in accuracy and in the 27th percentile in consistency, there's probably a somewhat legitimate reason for the fans getting so frustrated with such consistency.
On Tuesday, it was probably White Sox fans who were frustrated, seeing as they lost 5-3 to the Tigers as the playoffs draw near. However, they were actually the beneficiaries of one of Hernandez's worst-called games to date in the 2021 season, and that's saying something.
Hernandez's overall accuracy and consistency on the season are at 92.4 and 95.5 percent, respectively, but those figures dropped to 86.8 and 88.7 in Tuesday night's outing, making for his second least accurate and No. 1 least consistent performance of the year.
According to his Umpire Scorecard above, he missed 24 calls, but another account was less generous in their review of Hernandez's performance. Though not quite as popular as Umpire Scorecards, which has 129,000 followers on Twitter, Umpire Auditor has quite a large following in its own right (49,400) and was a harsher critic.
Grossman surprisingly didn't argue, or look back, or even flinch at that call, which was well outside the zone. But had it been a two-strike count, I think we'd be looking at a different story. Perhaps it was best that he took it in stride — no pun intended — seeing as he ripped a double two pitches later.
To date, Hernandez has the sixth most incorrect calls in the league this year (min. 10 games) and is 11th in overall inaccuracy. Beating him out in both categories is the equally notorious Joe West, who leads the way with 361 incorrect calls and ranks fifth in total inaccuracy.