The season has been long over for the LA Angels as an 11-game losing streak over the first two weeks of August all but eliminated them from playoff contention. However, the Angels been a tough opponent this month.
The LA Angels are closing in on 90 losses this season with a record of 70-87 with seven games to play. The team has never finished with more than 87 losses in the previous 16 years of manager Mike Scioscia‘s tenure. With everything that has happened this season, one would not blame the Angels team for phoning it in the rest of the way, but that has not happened.
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Once the team broke the losing streak the team won 13 of their next 19 games. During that stretch the Angels took series on the road in Detroit and Toronto and also came back home and took a series from the surging Mariners. The Angels then lost 9 of their next 10 with five of those losses came from blowing leads late which means the team is still competing despite their place in the standings.
Immediately following that stretch the Halos again have gotten hot winning seven of their next 10 with three of those being late inning comebacks including last Friday’s stunner when the Angels scored six runs in the 9th to rally from a three run deficit to win 10-6. This team has had a never say die attitude all season long, they just haven’t had all the fire power, especially in the pitching department due to injuries.
In this recent hot streak the Angels again are doing their to spoil both Toronto’s and Houston’s post-season plans. This is especially true with the Astros. Houston had climbed within 1.5 games of the final wild-card spot. The Astros were salivating at the fact that they were playing the Angels as they were riding an 11-game winning streak against the Angels. However, no one could have expected the Angels to win the first three games of the series shattering the losing streak.
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The Astros left the series trailing.by four games and are almost completely out of the wild-card race now. The Blue Jays also saw themselves slip in the wildcard standings.
The Angels now have five games left against Oakland and Houston again to end the season. The Astros better watch out as these Angels are proving the 2016 marketing campaign to be true “Every game matters”. You can bet they will play hard and compete the rest of the season.