The Los Angels Angels are seemingly doing fine, at least when you look at the standings. They currently sit in second place in the American League West, just four games behind the first place Houston Astros and only a half-game out of a Wild Card spot.
However, if you glance at the events of the last few months surrounding the organization, it’s easy to see that the Angels are actually in a very precarious situation. It’s one that they may not be able to get out of, at least not anytime soon, even with the trade deadline being right around the corner.
You’re probably thinking, “Yeah right. They’ve got Mike Trout and Albert Pujols and their pitching is solid. How bad off could the Angels actually be?” It’s a fair question, especially given their recent offensive output (33 runs) in their three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.
Still, the fact is that three to six games is a small sample and it can’t always be relied upon to predict future success. It stands to reason that the Angels may still be in need of a bat by the trade deadline, preferably a left-handed one.
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