The Los Angeles Angels are closing the gap on the Houston Astros

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 22: Albert Pujols
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 22: Albert Pujols /

The Los Angeles Angels are playing like a team possessed. With their eyes set on a Wild Card spot, they might have a chance to do more than that.

The Los Angeles Angels are steadily climbing into that coveted AL Wild Card spot. Winning seven of their last 10 games, the Angels are now just 11.5 games behind the division leading Houston Astros.

These Angels are rolling, Albert Pujols just crushed his 610th home run. Andrew Heaney returns to the mound tonight to face the Rangers. Things are starting to click at just the right time for the Angels.

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However, the division leading Houston Astros sit atop of a huge hill waiting on the Angels to overthrow them. Currently, the Angels have been on the teeter-totter in Wild Card standings, being in and out as each game passes.

One thing is absolute, the team believes in themselves. The Angels know they have what it takes to make a run to the postseason.

However, the Angels aren’t the only AL West team eyeing the Wild Card. The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners both are on the cusp of sliding past the Angels for that spot. Not to mention the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, and Minnesota Twins are all fighting for the chance to make a Wild Card appearance. In fact, only 3 games separate those six teams.

The month of August is coming to a close, leaving just one more month for the Angels to solidify their place among those destined for the MLB Postseason. The Angels have as good of a chance as any other team to make the Wild Card.

Pitching will be the ultimate key in this equation. The Angels are going to rely heavily on their young pitchers to propel them to the days of “Just Another Halo Victory”.

At the end of the day, the Los Angeles Angels are showing heart, grit, and determination. Regardless of how this season plays out, the Angels will have earned respect around the league and with their fans for the heart that they’ve shown in 2017.