With the second half of the 2023 season now underway, we are now starting to see who are the real contenders and who will eventually sit out this October.
The Los Angeles Angels are on the outside looking in at the moment, but they might be starting to warm up at the right time.
Despite going 3–7 in their last 10 games, they have won two in a row, both of which have fallen against the New York Yankees.
They beat New York by a final score of 5–1 on Tuesday night to move within 4.5 games of the final wild card spot.
Bob Nightengale on Twitter pointed out the fact that Halos aren’t out of the running yet.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) 19 July 2023
The win also brought the Angels back over the .500 mark.
They finished the first half slow, but may have rebounded as the trade deadline approaches.
The baseball world is speculating on what could happen to two-way star Shohei Ohtani and whether or not he will be traded at the deadline.
But with the Angels closing in on the race, it’s unclear which direction they’ll go.
Either way, they have proven to be a very sneaky post-season contender and a club that may surprise some.
They are nine games out of first place in the AL West, so a return to the top of the division is unlikely.
But a wild card berth is still very much a possibility for the Halos, who took a slight lead with their big win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
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