The LA Angels were eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday night. They now give their star players a break after the grueling playoff race.
The LA Angels were unable to pull of the miracle of all miracles and earn a playoff spot. After nearly three months of being in a tight battle with the Minnesota Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot, the Halos stars spent nearly every day on the field. Now, they rest.
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The Halos sent out a lineup including Kaleb Cowart, Cliff Pennington, Carlos Perez, Eric Young Jr., and Shane Robinson for their Thursday night matchup with the White Sox. The average baseball fan would not recognize their faces in public. However, all of them contributed at some point for the Halos this year. Now, they get a chance to show their stuff before the postseason.
With Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, Kole Calhoun, and Justin Upton all sitting, the Angels are likely getting ready to put on a show in their final home series. One game in Chicago is not as important the players’ health. The Angels will more than likely trot out their usual lineup against the Mariners this weekend.
The playoffs being out of sight does eliminate some things. Yunel Escobar has more than likely played his last out as an Angel. Escobar has been rehabbing, and a regular season return was possible. However, with Escobar likely gone in free agency, he and the Angels would probably both rather have him rest.
Andrew Heaney has been shut down for the year according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register. Heaney was supposed to start on Thursday, but with the Angels out of contention, the Angels will allow him to regain full health. This allows an entire offseason of training instead of rehabbing for Heaney.
The Angels stars may be sitting Thursday against the White Sox. However, Angels fans can believe that they will be coming out in full force to put on a final show over the weekend in Anaheim.