“What’s the scenario?” …
OK, so Sunday’s doubleheader at Rangers Ballpark is really important for the Angels. I mean really important. Like, make-or-break-their-season important. All in one day. The Angels (87-70) enter with a 2 1/2-game deficit of the A’s for the second AL Wild Card spot. After Sunday, they have three regular-season games left in Seattle. The A’s host the Mariners at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday, then host the Rangers for three to finish their regular season.
Here’s a look at the scenarios for Sunday …
Angels win both; A’s lose: Angels are one game back.
Angels win both; A’s win: Angels are two games back.
Angels split; A’s lose: Angels are two games back.
Angels split; A’s win: Angels are three games back and the next Angels loss or A’s win eliminates them from postseason contention.
Angels lose both; A’s lose: Angels are three games back, the next Angels loss or A’s win eliminates them, and the Rangers clinch the AL West.
Angels lose both; A’s win: Angels are four games back and thus mathematically eliminated from the postseason.