Angels Stay Hot by Sweeping Mariners

The Los Angeles Angels appeared to be dead and buried for a large portion of this season. Many fans and members of the media had completely written them off when Mike Trout went on the disabled list earlier this year. However, the team played surprisingly well during Trout's absence. They managed to avoid any prolonged losing streaks that would bury them in the playoff race. They have been on fire since Trout has returned to the lineup. They are now playing their best baseball of the year when it matters most. On Sunday, they completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners to win their sixth consecutive game by a 4-2 score.

The Angels obviously have no chance of winning the American League West division. The Houston Astros have been the best team in the American League this season. They have managed to build a lead that now totals 12 games. However, the Angels have a very good chance of making the playoffs. They currently are the second wild card. However, there are many teams that are bunched together in the wild card race. Therefore, they will need to keep playing very well in order to fend off all of the other clubs that are in contention.

Parker Bridwell continued his fantastic 2017 rookie season. He pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn his seventh win of the year. He has only lost once. He now has a very low 2.88 earned run average. C.J. Cron went deep for the ninth time this season. This series against Seattle was also important because the Angels have had big problems beating their division rival in recent years. Many of the Angel players were beginning to wonder what they had to do in order to beat the Mariners. A sweep of Seattle will give the Angels some added confidence as they enter the final six weeks of the season.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been very pleased with the way his team has played. He believes that all the winning the team has done recently has a lot to do with their health. The team had a lot of injuries to key players earlier in the year. However, those players have slowly gotten healthy and started to contribute. Scioscia never likes to use injuries as an excuse. However, he also concedes that it is very hard to win without your best players that you depend on.