Do the LA Angels have enough juice to make a late season push for an October appearance, or are they going to stumble their way to another disappointing September?
As the LA Angels head into the post All-Star half of the season, they sit in fourth place in the American League West at 45-46, 12 games behind the division-leading Houston Astros, and 6.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for a wild-card playoff slot. What can we expect from the Angels going forward?
The next 19 games in July will be a key to how the rest of the season will go. 13 of the 19 games are against the AL’s worst Seattle, Detroit, and Baltimore. If the Angels can get fat on these teams and break even in the other six games against the Dodgers and Houston, it will go a long way in helping the Angels get back in the race.
If by the end of July the Angels are in the thick of things in the wild-card race Angels general manager Billy Eppler Ishtar be inclined to be buyers and get another arm or two to bolster the staff. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and second-half expectations for each part of the Angels team.