The LA Angels have been teasing fans with a possible playoff berth for months now. However, Halo fans may want to ease their expectations, as the Halos have a tough week coming up.
The LA Angels went into the final two weeks of the season with a 76-73 record, two games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot. With 13 games to go, the Halos schedule could be what ultimately dooms them.
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The Angels kick off this week with a three game series against the Cleveland Indians. Any baseball fan knows that the Cleveland Indians have been the best team in baseball, and just pulled off one of the most amazing runs in MLB history. The Indians won 22 games in a row, and have been proving themselves as true contenders all season. This will be a huge test for the Halos. If they can avoid a sweep, or even win the series, they will be in exceptional condition.
After facing the best American League team, it does not get much easier as they go into a weekend series against the other AL contenders in the Houston Astros. The Halos are 6-10 against the Astros this season. However, there is definitely hope for the Angels in this series. They have scored 64 runs against the Astros this year, while only giving up 60. If they can play consistent baseball over the three games, they could win the series.
The last week of the season does get easier. They face the 60-89 Chicago White Sox in a four game series, and then the 74-76 Seattle Mariners to end the season. It will get easier for the Halos in the second week. However, if they are more then two games behind the Twins going into the final week (when they face the Indians and Detroit Tigers), their season may end early.
The Halos have shown all year they cannot be counted out. This schedule is just another point where people are counting them out (FanGraphs gives them a 25.7% chance of making it). These last two weeks will be filled with fun baseball for the Halos and fans.