We all love to think we know our team so well that we could predict exactly how the season would play out before it even started. But now, as we pass the halfway mark of the Angel season, I think we would all see just how unpredictable a baseball season can really be.
Try and transport your mind back to the month of February as the Angels were about to start Spring Training. Think about all the assumptions you held back then and just how confident you were in them. Now, with those assumptions firmly in mind, consider how you would feel if I had told you so many of the various things that have come to pass already this season.
If I had told you the Angels would be 1.5 games back at the half?
Admit it, you would have been ecstatic. Even the most optimistic of us weren't firm believers in the Angels' ability to hang with the Rangers, but sure enough, they've done that so far. Almost every single expert had written the Angels off entirely, predicting a third place finish, yet here they stand with a very good chance of taking the divisional lead before the end of July.
If I had told you the Angels would be 42-40?
I'm guessing you probably would have nodded knowingly. Most every expert had the Angels pegged for about 85 wins, so a 41-40 record is right on pace for that kind of finish. What this also shows us is that maybe we shouldn't be too excited about the Angels being 1.5 games back since it seems like that has a lot more to do with the Rangers underachieving than the Angels overachieving (because, you know, they're not).