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How bad home plate ump was Sunday in Giants' Dodgers win

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Tony Randazzo

The Giants and their rag-tag group of relievers took down Walker Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, 6-4, to clinch the season series against their rivals and regained the top spot in the NL West. 

But this win didn't come without controversy. Much of that was thanks to home plate umpire Tony Randazzo. 

Dodgers fans and Twitter alike erupted Sunday when Mookie Betts was called out on an inside fastball that appeared to be a ball. The "Umpire Auditor" Twitter account showed the called strike three was 2.87 inches inside, and the count should have been 3-2 in favor of Betts. Betts' strikeout was the second out in the top of the ninth inning with one runner on in a two-run ballgame. 

"It sucks, but he called it," Betts said after the Dodgers' loss. "Can't change his call. It is what it is."

In reality, though, the Dodgers actually received the better end of the stick when it came to Randazzo's missed calls. Truthfully, he was just as bad as it appeared watching from afar. 

Randazzo's overall accuracy was only 86 percent on Sunday. To put that into context, MLB's average for umpires is 94 percent. His overall consistency was 91 percent, and the league average is 96 percent. Here's where it gets frustrating for Giants fans. 

With his multiple missed calls, Randazzo was in favor of the Dodgers for plus-2.42 runs. 

 

Sunday was Randazzo's worst-called game of the year as far as overall accuracy goes. 

The strike zone was so all over the place, that Randazzo only had a 76 percent inside zone accuracy. He called just 51 of 67 "true strikes" correctly. 

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And for all those pounding their fists against the table for the missed call on Betts, it still wasn't the worst of the night. Randazzo's top-three missed calls all came against the Giants. Two of which were against Giants reliever Camilo Doval, further proving what an impressive job the 24-year-old did in a tough situation.

This isn't the first time an umpire had an off day at the yard, and it won't be the last. The truth is, these kinds of numbers from an umpire can't happen in such a crucial game, and it only will further the push for robot umpires and automated strike zones.

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