There was a sense of hope for the Angels and the postseason after Arte Moreno opened the checkbook to sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. After three dismal weeks in April, there was another wave of hope when rookie phenom Mike Trout took the baseball universe by storm. One hundred and fifty-nine games later in 2012, the Angels fading playoff dreams come down to their final series. Well, their final series and the Rangers-A’s series. And maybe the Rays-Orioles series.
It’s easy enough. If the Angels sweep the Mariners and the Rangers sweep the A’s and the Rays lose one game to the Orioles, the Angels go to Oakland for a tie breaker on Thursday. Win that and the Angels are in the playoffs! If the Angels, Rangers and Rays all sweep, chaos ensues followed by a few rounds of rock, paper, scissor.
Under Bud Selig’s zany new playoff plan, the most likely scenario for a three way tie is the A’s would travel to the winner of a Thursday Rays-Angels game on Friday. Since the A’s won the series against the Rays and Angels, they could also choose to play at home Thursday against the Angels and then the Rays would travel to play the winner on Friday. There’s also a scenario where the Rays play the Harlem Globetrotters in a game of HORSE and the Angels play the Family Feud against the A’s.
Add all of that up and the Angels have a 1.1% chance of making the postseason. It could be worse. Only 1.1% worse but still…