With the Los Angeles Angels playing host to a four game series to division rival and the team that owns the second best record in all of baseball, the Oakland Athletics, the Angels have won the first two games and started to distance themselves from the division pack.
If the Angels were to win three games, that would be a great series for the only team in baseball that has 80 wins on the year. They would have the Athletics leaving town down at least four games in the division race. Granted, the wild card will most likely go to whichever team loses the division, neither team wants to be in the one and done situation.
The Angels had a lot of questions with their pitching once Garrett Richards went down with a freak injury in Boston. However, the team has been able to pick up the pieces from losing arguably their best pitcher this season and right now are riding a four game winning streak. Oh yeah, and all of this is happening while the best player in the universe, Mike Trout is going through a slump with his bat.
The Athletics though have not been playing awful and can turn things around as a team. Many say they have the best pitching staff in baseball, and if they want to even things up with the streaking Angels, they have to rely on the arms they brought in via trade throughout the season. When these two teams finished up a three game series five days ago, the Athletics did take two of the three games to even up the division, but since, the Angels have been the team to make the most of their opportunities and it shows with their current three-game division lead.
If the Angels were to get Trout to play like the Trout we have all seen these last two years throughout the month of September and beyond, it will be hard to see the team give up the division lead. Either way, there is a good chance we will see the Athletics and Angels playing the best of five ALDS.