I know I may be in the minority here. The Angels still have a shot to win it. I am not ready to shift most of my gaze to the 2012 season. No American League team has ever came back from more than 3.5 games back or more with 12 games to play. Although very bleak at the moment, it is still possible. I could piss negativity on the team like other posters or cheer for the team that I love. Believe it or not they still have a chance. I know that is hard to fathom but they do. The Angels are only 4.5 games back of Texas and 4 back of Boston for the wild card. In that process they would also have to leapfrog the Rays who are 2 games back.There is no way around it. The Angels need to win now. There are no more second chances left at their disposal. Merely winning series won't do it anymore. They have to string together seven wins in a row. First lets approach the ten games left the Angels have left in the season. They way I would approach it as manager would be so. There are two parts of the season left. The seven game stretch is one, and the Texas series is the other. The Angels have no days off, a four game series with Toronto games, and three games series with the A's at home. They need to win all of those games. If they can't they can only afford to lose one if any. With 10 games left there could be three ways the season plays out.
Unfortunately the most likely outcome is that the Angels, trailing by 4.5 games do not win enough games. They lose a couple games to Toronto and Oakland. Or they do win enough games to at least make it to the last series of the season. They lose the division to Texas during the three game series in Anaheim or even in a one game playoff if it gets that far. They would also fail to win the wild card as well. If the Angels could stave off elimination and at least get to that series, I would consider it a major win and a pleasure that they went down fighting. It could be used as progress towards next year. I would be proud of this team and what they were able to accomplish. In this case lets all pull for the Rays. Hopefully they will be able to pull it out if we can't.
The second outcome is that we do win the necessary amount of games. Only four games back in the wild card, Boston continues their collapse. The Rays tough two weeks finally catches up with them. The Angels have a good possibility to overtake either the Red Sox or Rays in the final three games of the season. However Texas plays very well down the stretch and clinches the AL West title. However it would be interesting when Texas clinches. If they were to match us and clinch before the series, Texas would then probably rest their starters to get ready for the playoffs. With the playoffs in their back pocket, the Rangers would then be a much easier team to beat and possibly sweep. In this case, it would be an advantage for the Angels. Or Texas would win the division while playing the Angels, but the Angels were able to win enough games to still take the wild card.
In the third and final possible outcome the Angels would go 6-1 or 7-0 during the first part of the season remaining. They gain 1.5 , 2.5, or maybe even 3.5 games on the Rangers. It puts them at least in position to have a chance to take the AL West. The Angels overtake the Rangers in the three game series, or they may force a one game playoff. They win the one game playoff and proceed onto the playoffs winning the A.L. West. This option is still very possible. More possible than some might think. This team is very capable of stringing together some wins and getting hot.
The Angels face a difficult test. It will take close to perfection to close the season to make the playoffs. The chances are small but why not root for it to happen. I guess I just do not see the productivity of bitching and moaning. Rooting for the team to fail so I can basque in the team's failure is extremely stupid. My only request is that the Angels go down admirably. Go down fighting. It will help with the pain if they do not succeed. At least they have this chance. We could be where we were last year out of the race with nothing to play for before September. There is no sugar coating this one, it will take what no A.L team has done before. It is history or bust.