LA Angels Series Preview: Getting Wild with the Orioles
By Ryan Falla
Let the Good Times Roll
The Angels really need to take advantage of the easy stretch in front of them before things get really, really difficult. This decade has seen the Angels competing for Wild Card spots as deep as early September time and time again before flaming out in September. This year will be even harder than previous years as the Angels are stacked against division rivals and AL juggernauts all throughout the months of August and September. Right now is the only time that the Angels will see their schedule slow down before it ramps up to break-neck speeds.
The Angels need to find a way to cut down as many games in the WC race as possible with these next seven games. They don’t have to sweep the Orioles and Tigers series, but at the same time they pretty much do. There’s no doubt that they’ll be climbing up and down the Wild Card rankings in the next two months and in order to balance that out the Angels are going to need to enter August as strong as they can. If the Angels are a game or two back from a Wild Card spot after July they’ll be able to stomach a losing streak or two, but for the most part if they enter into August still 4 games back or even worse there won’t be much of a chance for the Angels to eat up easy games and make up that ground.
For now the Angels just need to keep playing the best baseball take it game by game. They won’t have another opportunity to build easy momentum and soak up easy wins for the rest of the season. The good times, in terms of well played baseball, have been rolling relatively well for the last couple of weeks, and this Orioles series is a great opportunity to keep it snowballing into something that can carry the team through a challenging August and September.