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How the Angels can make the playoffs

So... you’re telling me there’s a chance?

Los Angeles Angels v San Diego Padres Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

It’s not much, but there’s a glimmer of hope for the Angels to sneak their way into the postseason. It didn’t seem possible a week ago, but the Angels have been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the last three weeks and have put themselves in a position to sneak in.

Now of course, they are going to have to handle their own business and win. They are going to need a lot of help, but nothing is impossible, right? Here are the scenarios the Angels need to happen if they have any hope of playing baseball in October.

Wild Card No. 2 (Very unlikely)

We’ll start with the first option, as this is the one that’s the most unlikely to happen. The final two seeds in the playoffs go to two wild card teams which are the two teams with the best record that didn’t finish first or second in their division. Currently, the Angels are chasing the Toronto Blue Jays.

Entering today, the Blue Jays sit at 29-27 with four games left to play. The Angels are 26-31 with only three games left to play. There is only one scenario where the Angels can knock off the Blue Jays here, and it’s pretty simple. Toronto needs to lose its remaining four games, and the Angels need to win their remaining three games. There you have it.

Now, we also have to consider the Mariners in here, who currently sit at 25-31. If the scenario happens I mentioned above, Seattle just needs to lose one game and they’re out of it. If the Blue Jays win a game or the Angels lose a game, this scenario is done.

Hopefully this makes sense. The Angels clinch a wild card spot IF....

  • Angels WIN all three games (@Dodgers)
  • Blue Jays LOSE all four games (1 vs. Yankees, 3 vs. Orioles)
  • Mariners LOSE one of remaining four games (@Athletics)

A.L. West No. 2 (Unlikely, but more possible)

Okay, this is the scenario to really keep your eyes on. The odds are still against the Angels, but this one is more likely to happen. You are going to have to become the biggest Rangers fan in the world this weekend.

As of right now, the Astros sit at 28-28 and have a four game series against the Rangers to close out the season. Any combination of 2 wins from Houston or losses from the Angels will eliminate the Halos. So, here is what needs to happen in order for the Halos to dethrone Houston.

  • The Angels need to go 3-0 with the Astros going 1-3
  • The Angels need to go 2-1 with the Astros going 0-4

The Astros playing the Rangers is less than ideal, considering they’re the worst team in the American League. But... anything is possible! If the Angels lose two games, they’re done. If the Astros win two games, they’re done. Oh, gotta have the Mariners lose a game or two as well.


What matters is, the Angels are still alive. In the game of baseball, anything can happen. Take one game at a time. Who knows. With such a crazy and unpredictable 2020 so far, the Angels defying the odds and sneaking in would make 100 percent sense.