As of now the Angels and Rays have a decent lead on the 2nd tier teams for homefield advantage through out the playoffs. However it's not out of the realm of possibility that either the Twins or White Sox catch the Angels and the Angels wind up having the worst record of the Divisional winners.
That scenario should scare Angels fans pretty bad. The reason being is that the Red Sox will likely be the Wild Card. That means that the Rays and Angels would matchup in a 5 game series with Tampa Bay having home field advantage and the Angels having to beat them in Tampa. The Rays have an absolutely sick record when they play at home but it is like 10x better when they play in front of a decent crowd which they will have during the playoffs.
Why am I mentioning this? Well because today's loss just felt like winning was like the 4th priority. I'm all for giving Vlad and Hunter the occasional day off, but does it have to be on the same day? Especially when HK and Aybar are BOTH out and being replaced by hitters hitting under 200. Especially when you chose to go with Mathis instead of Napoli when their OPS vs Right Handers is OVER 250 point difference. Espeically when said replacements for Torii and Vlad are hitting right around 200 with no power.
Then if they are being given the days off would it kill them to just take one ab with the game on the line in the 9th? Soth easily could have put Figgins at 2nd and Q at 3rd after having Vlad or Torii bat for S-Rod. Anyway with massive injuries to our MI, a HUGE Divisional Lead, and Minnesota and Chicago playing for their playoff lives, I just wanted to point out how horrible it would be if the Angels record fell below either of theirs and how it's actually a very very real possibility.