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Angels notes: Assessing a lost season, playoff bubble in Anaheim, Luis Rengifo

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The Angels are a little past the halfway point of their season, but after a few days off caused by Hurricane Laura rampaging through Houston and beyond, it’s time to take a breather, and take stock of a season gone horribly wrong.

To that end, Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register assessed how the 10-22, worst-in-AL Angels, are staring down a fifth straight losing season and sixth straight without a playoff berth despite having the best player in baseball.

Among the relevant passages from Fletcher:

So the Angels were unwilling to trade established major leaguers for premium prospects, and unwilling to trade premium prospects for established major leaguers.

Again, that’s a tightrope walk to improvement.

And:

If the Angels are going to get over this hump and have a good pitching staff, they are going to need to improve their success rate everywhere: in luring the top-tier pitchers, in hitting on the second-tier pitchers and in developing their own.

Maria Torres and Mike DiGiovanna at the Los Angeles Times noted that general manager Billy Eppler is the final year of his contract, with the trade deadline now only three days away:

Eppler will spend the next few days fielding calls and trying to ensure the long-term viability of the team. All while coming to grips with the probability that nothing he does will save his job.

“I just try to approach everything with a vision of how to continue to keep this organization well-positioned,” he said by phone Wednesday. “Control the controllable and do your job. Try to keep it simple. Start thinking about too much, then you get caught up in the fog.”

Postseason in Anaheim after all?

Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic reports on likely MLB playoff bubble in October, either starting with the division series or the wild card round. Among the scenarios being discussed include Angel Stadium being used, along with one or both of Dodger Stadium or Petco Park, to host American League postseason games.

Roster move

After Tuesday’s doubleheader in Houston, the Angels optioned utility man Luis Rengifo to the alternate training site in Long Beach, with a corresponding roster move likely coming Friday, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. The switch-hitting Rengifo is just 8-for-60 this season, hitting .157/.283/.235 in 18 games.