If the Angels want to overtake the Rangers in the AL West, they are going to have to earn it. Thanks to their poor fielding tonight, that is exactly what they are NOT doing.
This goes without saying, but spotting a pitcher like Felix Hernandez two unearned runs on four errors just isn't going to work out well for any team, even if Felix is backed by one of the worst lineups in baseball.
I'm not going to say that this game is going to cost the Angels the division, although the did lose a game on Texas with the loss, since when I projected the rest of the season a few weeks ago that this would be a loss. However, losing the game in this fashion is really going to hurt because it would have been winnable had they just executed properly on defense. Giving away winnable games is what will really do them in as they head down the homestretch of the season. 3.5 games doesn't seem like a huge margin, but with so few games to close the gap in, they have to capitalize on every chance they get to win games that they probably shouldn't win. They just can't count on Texas self-destructing. If they want the division, the Angels are going to have to win it themselves.