Crucial pennant races are heating up and we will see which first-half promising teams will fall to the classic September collapse, as the Los Angeles Angels might be one of those.
Although the Angels have power hitters like, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, the team is last in the American League for runs in August and are also dead last in all of baseball for OPS.
A 9-15 record for the Halos has shown that August has been a month of frustrating struggles. This was clearly portrayed when they were almost no-hit by Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers on August 26. Catcher, Chris Ianetta, managed to break up the no-hitter with the only hit for the Angels in the top of the 9th, but the Angels offensive woes continued to show.
Not even MVP Mike Trout can escape from the August curse. Trout is only batting .200 with one home run and has struck out 28 times in this month.
As of Thursday, the Angels are sitting at a 64-62 record, placing them 5 1/2 games out in the AL West and tied for 1/2 game out of the second wildcard spot with their division rival, Texas Rangers.
It will be interesting how this next week will play out for the Angels since they will be playing the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland As– both teams with losing records. The Halos have been 25-35 while playing on the road, so it is very important that they leave the road trip with an overall winning record from both series.
If the Angels’ offense does not wake up in the coming weeks, then they might miss their chance to make the playoffs.
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