The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
That loss represented the Angels’ elimination from playoff contention.
Yes, that’s right: a season that started with a 27-17 record was derailed by injuries, poor play, questionable managing, subpar player development, and a lack of quality pitching, not to mention an inconsistent offense that failed to back up Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout.
“With last night’s loss to the Mariners, the Angels have been eliminated from playoff contention. Of the 18 active players who have won an MVP, only Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout have never won a playoff game,” ESPN Stats & Info tweeted.
With last night's loss to the Mariners, the Angels have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Of the 18 active players who have won an MVP, only Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout have never won a playoff game. pic.twitter.com/y0XNY8Rmf9
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 20, 2022
That’s a painful truth.
The Angels, Sadly, Are In Trout And Ohtani’s Way
The Angels haven’t been able to make the playoffs since 2014, and that was a quick first-round exit in which Trout slashed .083/.267/.333 with a .600 OPS.
At least Trout knows what a postseason game feels like, even if it was ages ago.
Ohtani, who came to the Angels in 2018, hasn’t even played a playoff game.
Baseball, for better or for worse, is a team sport.
It doesn’t matter if you are capable of performing like your team’s ace on the mound while also being a true middle-of-the-order masher with game-changing power: if your supporting cast is not good, and if there isn’t a winning culture in the organization, success is not guaranteed.
Sadly for Ohtani and Trout, the Angels are in their way.
Ohtani has a 2.43 ERA in 148 innings this year, and 34 home runs and a 147 wRC+ (league average is 100) as a hitter.
Trout is slashing a robust .276/.364/.620 with 36 homers and a 173 wRC+.
Yet the Angels are 64-83 and going home earlier than expected… again.