So, The Angels finally seem like they're starting to put things together. The offense is rolling, the starting pitching has been putting together quality starts, and the bullpen (with a few exceptions) has been good enough. The team is currently on a six game winning streak and is looking to extend it against the struggling Royals, who are just 2-8 in their last 10 games. But in terms of making a postseason run, is winning the division (or even a wild card spot) out of reach?
On May 26th of last year, the Oakland Athletics were 22-25 and were in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. In fact, The A's would go on to lose 9 straight games before snapping that streak on June 2nd with a 9-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. From that point on, Oakland would go 71-38 (33 games over .500), winning the AL West with a record of 94-68, clinching the division in the final game of the season against the Texas Rangers. Now, a hell of a lot had to go right for the A's to win the division, because not only did they have to win as they did, but they had to count on Texas (and The Angels) imploding. However, regardless of them winning the division, they would've nevertheless gained a wild card spot.
So, I guess my question for the Angel faithful is this: can our Halo's go on a similar run to that of the 2012 Oakland A's? Even if it's a long shot to win the division, can they still play well enough to get a wild card spot?
As of today, the Angels are 21-27. From this point on, they would need to go 73-41 (32 games over .500) to finish with a record of 94-68. Can they do it? Even if they did, does that win them the division, or a wild card spot?