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Scioscia deals with scrutiny, stressful season

Scioscia deals with scrutiny, stressful season


SEATTLE -- Different people have different ways to cope with stressful situations. Mike Scioscia's method is quite simple.

"I eat."

The Angels' 2013 season has certainly lent itself to gluttony, with an assortment of injuries, plenty of under-performance and an 18 1/2-game deficit of first place heading into a weekend series in Seattle, setting the organization up for a fourth straight playoff absence.

The more time passes, the heavier the speculation surrounding the job statuses of Scioscia (signed through 2018) and general manager Jerry Dipoto (finishing his second year and tied to an entire front-office team). And the sentiment around the organization -- as reported by FOXSports.com on Friday -- is that the chances both return next season are slim.

"You're evaluated every day, not only in this position -- in this game you're evaluated," Scioscia said of his job security. "It doesn't change anything that you can be about. You have to go out there and keep doing what you know is the right thing to do and move forward. That's what we're going to do."

Scioscia was asked if this season has been more stressful than any of his previous 13 in Anaheim, considering it could be the first time one of his Angels teams loses 90 games.

"Well," Scioscia said, "considering I've put on more weight, what's the equation?"

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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