It’s really quite simple:
Despite all the problems with injuries (read: Howie Kendrick, Jered Weaver early in the season, and particularly Albert Pujols) and ineffectiveness (read: Josh Hamilton and seemingly the majority of the pitching staff, especially Joe Blanton), and despite the fact that their division rivals, the Oakland A’s, have already been crowned as the American League West champions…
As the season’s rapidly coming to a close these Angels still have something to play for.
Something to keep them motivated besides pride and professionalism:
With four games left – with the Texas Rangers in Arlington – the Angels sport a record of 78 wins and 80 losses.
If Mike Scioscia’s team goes 3-1 over these last handful of games, they will finish at 81-81, a .500 record.
If they sweep all four contests, at 82-80 they could officially say that 2013 was a winning season.
Realism must come into play, however; the Rangers are in the middle of an intense battle with the Tampa Bay Rays and the white-hot Cleveland Indians for one of the American League’s two wild card spots. After beating the 108-loss (and counting) Houston Astros on Tuesday, they are sitting one game behind the Indians for the second wild card.
The whole season will be at stake for Texas starting this Thursday. And they certainly won’t be going easy on the Halos as those Rangers absolutely must win to have a chance at the postseason.
In other words, their aim will be to try and sweep the Angels this upcoming weekend.
Which means that going 3-1 or 4-0 will not be easy for these Halos – not by any stretch.
The Angels’ chances of finishing .500 or better, given the circumstances, are slim and grim. But it is possible.
I certainly wish Mike Trout, C.J. Wilson and company the best of luck as they try and play spoiler to the Rangers’ hopes.
WHAT DO YOU THINK L.A. SPORTS HUBBERS – DO THE ANGELS HAVE A CHANCE TO GO .500 OR BETTER?