The Los Angeles Angels have officially been eliminated from postseason contention.
For the eighth straight season, there will be no October baseball in Anaheim.
The team was off to a hot start in May before a 14-game losing skid put them in a rut that they never quite came out of.
They fired their manager and tried to make certain changes, but none of them paid off.
The Angels have already assured themselves of their seventh straight sub-.500 season as well.
They boarded a flight for Dallas last night to go take on the Texas Rangers.
As one Angels insider points out, the last time they did that was in May when they were 11 games over the .500 mark.
The Angels are about to board a flight for Dallas.
The last time they did that was in May, after improving to 11 games over .500 with a win at Oakland.
Today — 110 games later — they're 19 games under. They were just mathematically eliminated.
Quite a season.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 19, 2022
Obviously, a lot has changed since then.
The Angels have fallen on hard times and have essentially hit rock bottom.
Now that they’re officially eliminated, there’s no turning back.
There’s no way out of this rut.
Even if they play out the remaining stretch of games and win most of them, it won’t save them from their fate.
It’s crazy to think that the Angels were actually playing good baseball back then.
Many were looking at them as a team that could potentially surprise us and reach the postseason for the first time since 2014.
But we were all wrong about the Halos.
Here they are now, festering in third place of a weak AL West division, eliminated from postseason contention and doomed to finish below .500 again.
It all happened so fast, but now they’ve reached the point of no return.
This trip to Texas won’t be a happy one coming off a win.
There’s always next year.