At the traditional
They have a winning record against the
They have a losing record against the AL West. This would be a good time for them to correct that, and first place might await them if they do.
The Angels wrapped a 10-game homestand in dramatic fashion Sunday with a 4-3 victory over the
The Angels have 28 victories. They have come from behind in 15 of them.
"The only difference between the last couple years and this year is, we don't quit," pitcher
That implies the talent was there last year and the attitude was not. But, as Richards said, a winning attitude is difficult to maintain when the losing keeps mounting. The 2013 season was barely 6 weeks old, and those Angels already were 12 games out of first place.
"Coming out of the gate and being 10 games under .500 is rough," Richards said.
The Angels devoted their spring energies to coming out of this year's gate with a spring in their step. Then the season opened and the
On Monday, for the first time since a 14-3 loss to the Rangers on May 4, the Angels return to AL West competition. The Angels play in Seattle, the opener of a 10-game trip against division rivals that extends to Oakland and Houston.
The unbalanced schedule demands excellence within the division. The Angels play six series against division rivals, two series against every other team in the AL.
"If you're asking, 'Do we want to do well against our division or do we want to do crappy?' of course we want to do well," Scioscia said.
"There's a lot of baseball left. I don't think we're going to put any more importance on one game or the other."
Iannetta also did not see a big week ahead, at least in terms of making a big deal about it.
"You take each game as an individual event, an independent event," he said. "We're just trying to win that day."
The Angels have not qualified for postseason play since 2009. In their six playoff seasons under Scioscia, they had a winning record against the AL West every time.
It seems important, at least from the outside. On Memorial Day, from the inside, Scioscia isn't worrying about it.