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Sep 22, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Gentlemen, change your narratives:  the Red Sox collapse/Rays surge story is kinda stale, what with the Rays’ surge being arrested of late.  Now you gotta figure in the Angels who are tied with Tampa Bay, a mere two and a half back of Boston.

On September 2nd, Boston was nine games ahead of Tampa Bay and 9½ in front of the Angels in the wild-card standings. Since then the Angels have gone 12-7. Normally that’s not enough to catapult oneself into a race, but the Red Sox have cooperated nicely with that 5-15 of theirs.  When you open the door someone is going to walk in.

Which also means that there isn’t one single thing anyone can point to with the Angels and say “HERE’s why they’re back in it!”  There are a lot of things happening. Peter Bourjos has had a really nice second half at the plate, most specifically in the power department. Nine homers, four triples and 11 doubles since the break. Overall, a subpar offense on the season has turned into a pretty decent and occasionally downright swell offense in September.  With their rotation, that’s more than enough to take advantage of what the Sox have given them.

I don’t know if they’ll make it. They have two series left: against an Oakland team that has given them a fair bit of trouble this season and against the Rangers who are playing even better than the Angels are right now.  But they have a puncher’s chance. And, given the 1-2-3 of Weaver, Haren and Santana, if they do make it, they’re going to be able to give the Yankees fits in the first round.

  1. jarathen - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Not sold yet, but hoping against hope the Angels sneak in and draw the Yankees – 2009 still stings. I like how the wild card race has tightened especially over the last 10 games, where the Angels have gone a blistering 5-5.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    The Angels are playing well in Toronto. On the other hand, Vernon Wells always hits well in Toronto.

    • jarathen - Sep 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      I assume he still gets the signs.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        The Jays did not get the signs the last couple of days. Wells and some of his former team mates have been making fun of each other in a gentle way during the games. He would still be in Toronto if it wasn’t for that contract.

  3. pisano - Sep 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    I hope they don’t get in, not only because they give the Yankees a hard time, but this rally monkey bullshit is so bush league.

    • wlschneider09 - Sep 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      The Angels still use the rally monkey?

    • pauleee - Sep 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      It’s not bush league, it’s Disney league. The team has purged most every other link to those dark days except the damn monkey. Sells lots of merch.

  4. DaGooch1979 - Sep 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    I, as a Yankee fan, would prefer the Wild Card come from the East. I don’t want to have to see the Angels in the DS. Not that I don’t think we’re better, but we were just out there and played like crap. As such, the Yankees hold the key to the Wild Card coming from the East.

  5. yankeesgameday - Sep 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    If the Angels do make it, they are throwing their big three Weaver, Haren and Santana against Texas in order just to get into the post season on the final series of the year. There is only one day off this year before the ALDS starts so they’re going to have to start Williams and Pinero in new York. Maybe you get Weaver on three days rest is they drop the series opener. But the angels having to scratch their way into the post season doesn’t set themselves up for a lot of success.

    And that is why I have to root for them to make it on the last day of the season. I do NOT want to face Detroit in a short series with their rotation set up how they want it. I want the back end if the Angel staff in the ALDS, not Verlander twice in five days.

    Go halos.

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