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LA Angels: Rooting guide for all Halos fans during 2021 postseason

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Oct 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (10) is introduced before playing the Houston Astros in game one of the 2021 ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (10) is introduced before playing the Houston Astros in game one of the 2021 ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Angels are of course not in the postseason for the seventh year straight.

While our team isn’t in it, we’re of course going to be watching the playoffs closely; scouting future players and enjoying the beauty of this game even without Shohei Ohtani in the mix anymore.

Some teams aren’t too tough to root for, while some are. One thing’s for sure, however, and that’s the fact that very few Angels fans will be rooting for the Houston Astros.

As an LA Angels fan, the only thing I’m rooting for in this postseason is an early exit from the Houston Astros.

The Houston Astros have been in the LA Angels’ division for nine years now. Nobody will ever see me rooting for the Astros in any game, and I recommend the same to all of you.

I know the Astros and Angels don’t have a bitter historical rivalry, but we see the Astros 19 times a year. I get sick of them after a while. We want to win this division next year, and were picked by many to win it this year before our team was ravaged by devastating injuries left and right.

Angel fans shouldn’t be happy with anyone else winning this division but the Halos, so a first round exit from Houston would be great to me. Also, let’s not forget that they were caught cheating in the biggest cheating scandal in sports history. From trash cans to buzzers, the Astros’ organization doesn’t deserve success this year.

Other than that, there’s not a ton of rival teams in the postseason. The Dodgers just won their Wild Card round and are in the NLDS against the Giants, and I know some fans will be rooting against them. Some probably won’t care too much, though, as the Dodgers-Angels rivalry isn’t as heated as some other rivalries around the Bigs due to the two teams being in different leagues.

Perhaps we root against the Red Sox for below-average Red Sox relief pitcher Adam Ottavino calling Shohei Ohtani a “b*tch” this season? I might, but at the same time, Ottavino is very irrelevant to really anything in this league.

In fact, since he called Ohtani a “b*tch,” Ottavino has posted a 6.23 ERA, while allowing a .276/.392/.520 line. He’s very bad at his job. It’s why I’m not surprised that he tried to run his mouth like that.

As an Angels fan, I recommend us to root against the Astros, and maybe the Dodgers based on how one feels about them. I know some fans don’t like them, some fans don’t care enough, and some are even fans of both teams.

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We’ll always root against Ottavino, but there’s not much to root against there. He’s obviously not a very good player, and if Ohtani is a “b*tch,” I sincerely want to know what that makes Ottavino.

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