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LA Angels Series Preview: Getting to the Wild Card through Seattle

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Mike Trout #27 is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RBI single during the first inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 09, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Mike Trout #27 is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RBI single during the first inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 09, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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The Three P’s of Baseball

Patience, patience, and more patience. The Angels are a microcosm of life at this point; despite how wonky things are looking we just have to have patience in the process and trust that the moving parts that are working for us currently will continue to work and take pressure off the shortcomings. Good things happen to those who are patient and believe.

I know it’s hard with this team sometimes because we all see the potential they have, we all see the team they should be. What makes it worse is we know exactly what is holding this team back and how to fix it, but those fixes will only come with time.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but this team has been getting better and better piece by piece as the season moves along. The key here is to recognize the slow, but steady improvements and trust that they will keep coming.

This Angels team is not the team that they are supposed to be and we’ve seen them shedding their false identity bit by bit; Justin Bour is no longer a key bat in this lineup, Zack Cozart is losing playing time to kids who deserve it far more like Luis Rengifo, and Matt Harvey/Trevor Cahill are slowly becoming less of a fixture in this rotation.

If Andrew Heaney can continue his strong comeback after going down before the season started with elbow issues this team will find themselves embracing more stability than they have all season. The fresh infusion of talent doesn’t end there; we still have prospect starting pitchers Jose Suarez and Patrick Sandoval to look forward too later in 2019.

We still have Shohei Ohtani figuring it all out all the plate. Keynan Middleton is still waiting in the wings. The improvements with this team are coming from all over; offense, starting pitching, bullpen, and defense.

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The only thing we can do now is be patient, trust the process, and have faith that the Angels won’t waste this opportunity to snatch a Wild Card spot. It should be an interesting, if not semi-hectic series against the Mariners, that in all likelihood can see the Angels coming out of the other side a more competitive team.

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