Los Angeles Angels Can Still Be Playoff Spoilers

By Tony Baker
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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For the Los Angeles Angels, the season might as well be over.

Outside of Mike Trout‘s at-bats, there’s not much to watch as they’ve long since relinquished their desired playoff position. In such situations, many teams find it hard to stay motivated and give it their best effort night after night. For the Angels, they might take cold comfort in the fact that it is within their power to spoil the playoff positions and hopes of their divisional rivals, the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics.

Sure, the Halos have only gone a combined 6-19 against those two teams thus far this season, but that’s all the more reason to turn on the gas now and apply pressure. The Angels face the As and Rangers twice each before the end of the season. Who knows what could happen if Josh Hamilton continues to hit well or Mike Trout raises his game to an even higher level?

Throw in a few dominating performances on the mound by Jered Weaver, and all of a sudden the Halos could shake things up.

Texas’ playoff spot is probably secure at this point, but Oakland currently maintains a tenuous two-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the wild card race. Should the Halos make a strong showing in the bay, Oakland may just be out of luck.

Oh, and in case playing spoiler isn’t enough for you to keep following the team this year, you can the turn the sound off until Trout comes to the plate. You’re not missing much.

You can find Angels tickets here so make sure to grab some and watch the Halos play the role of spoiler down the stretch.

Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels writer. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker and on Google.


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