AL second wild card spot
Los Angeles Angels
Overall record (through Sunday): 61-58
Last week: 6-1
This week: Off Monday; at Washington Nationals (Tue.-Wed.); off Thursday; at Baltimore Orioles (Fri.-Sun.)
On the backs of six straight wins—the longest winning run in the majors at the moment—the Angels have moved into the final postseason position just ahead of the Twins.
The week was set up to be a make-or-break one for Los Angeles’ second-best team with three games against Baltimore and four against Seattle.
After taking the final two games of their home series with the Orioles, the Angels went on the road and stunningly swept the Mariners.
A trip to the East Coast (along with two days off) awaits this week.
Mike Trout (.345 BA, 23 HRs and 55 RBI) makes any team a threat to win on a given night. But the difference this past week has been the help he has received from his teammates.
It’s hard to believe the Angels’ pitching will hold up enough for them to finish in this spot come October 1 (the end of the regular season). But with the way the year has gone, I wouldn’t bet against it either.