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ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 12: Scott Downs #37 of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated after closing against the Texas Rangerson May 12, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Angels won 4-2. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 12: Scott Downs #37 of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated after closing against the Texas Rangerson May 12, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Angels won 4-2. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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Do the math... Final Score in Arlington: Angels 4, Rangers 2

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Being 7.5 games behind just suddenly doesn't seem so rotten. Last night's rain delay was like fate crushing our collective heart. Today's retro sunlight took us back to a time of simpler uniforms and only one player on the field batting beneath his weight while averaging over $21 million per season.

We could qualify for that second wildcard.

We could qualify for that first wildcard.

Texas could be a different team in August and hand us the division, and it is all theirs to lose, but still... seven and a half games after all this terrible fortune is kind of nice, kind of "misunderestimate the assassin" where you want to be if you are not running away with the thing or obsessing about draft picks in a small market.

We have most of the pieces to the puzzle and a few pieces to a great puzzle for the 2006 season, perhaps we cold send them back in a time machine to help that 89-win Angels team take the division.

We are 9-5 since Mike Trout was promoted to the team.

And I say WE because we care more about this team than disgusting underachievers like Vernon Wells who contribute less than zero - and apologies to Robert Downey Jr. for mentioning him in the same sentence as Vernothing.

That's all I got.


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Tampa Bay 20 13 .606 0 Lost 2
New York 18 14 .562 1.5 Won 2
Toronto 18 15 .545 2 Lost 1
Oakland 17 16 .515 3 Won 1
Detroit 16 16 .500 3.5 Lost 1
Chicago 16 17 .484 4 Won 3
Seattle 15 19 .441 5.5 Lost 1
Los Angeles 15 19 .441 5.5 Won 1
Boston 13 19 .406 6.5 Won 1
Kansas City 11 20 .354 8 Lost 1
Minnesota 9 23 .281 10.5 Won 1

(updated 5.12.2012 at 2:26 PM PDT)