Who is ready for a desperate playoff run for the red hot Halos? Yeah, that's right, I said it. The Angels are the hottest team in baseball and they still have a chance to win a Wild Card spot. Keep hope alive!
OK, no, not really. The Angels are still technically alive, but they aren't making the playoffs. I just think it is fun to pretend as if it is within the realm of possibility. Sorry, but running through playoff scenarios is just too much fun for me to pass up, especially when it prominently involves a Texas Rangers collapse. All the Angels need to do is win the rest of their games and hope that everyone else just completely falls to pieces. No problem, right?
So here is how that scenario would really play out. First, the Rays need to get on a huge roll. They have Baltimore and New York coming up on their schedule, so they could help the Halos out by sweeping those seven games. In that case we will have to "allow" the Rays to win the first Wild Card.
Next, the Rangers need to completely implode. That isn't as hard as it sounds because they are already 80% imploded. They then have the feisty Royals this series and the Angels as their final series. The tough part is the three-gamer against Houston which is where they can win their one and only game.
The real impediment to all of this is the damned Indians. They can only win once more to give the Angels a chance and have the Astros, White Sox and Twins remaining on their schedule. Call me crazy but I don't envision them going 1-9 the rest of the way. Drat, my dreams have been smashed to smithereens on the rocky shores of false hope.