Everything went according to plan today for the Angels, probably even better since they got a strong performance out Joel Pineiro. So why do I feel like the Halos are just running in place?
Entering this game, it felt like the Angels were set up to disappoint. They were facing a lousy team and had their worst starting pitcher on the mound. It was a brutal, soul-crushing loss waiting to happen.
Only it didn't.
Shockingly, Joel Pineiro not only failed to suck, but he actually kind of pitched his ass off. Wonderful! Better yet, Old Man Abreu found a way to sock his seventh homer of the season. What a delightful surprise! And despite it being a close and crucial game, the bullpen was nearly perfect. Unbelievable! This should be cause for celebration, but it just isn't. Want to know why?
The damn Rangers keep winning.
This is supposed to be the stretch of the schedule where the Angels were going to make up ground on Texas. Seven games into this favorable ten-game slate, the Angels have lost half a game in standings. Man, this playoff chase thing is hard.