Mike Leake

Angels' playoff push hits a snag in 4-3 loss to Mariners

Angels' playoff push hits a snag in 4-3 loss to Mariners

They are a tailgate missing the beer, a home lacking a couch, a car short on gas.

The Angels have the offense, have the defense, even have the bullpen to finish this run they’ve set out on toward the playoffs. Their deficiency remains within their starting rotation.

In September, manager Mike Scioscia can attempt to mask it more than anyone thought possible. He can pull his starters early and turn to reliever after reliever for minute stints, breaking records in the process. But he cannot completely cover over his club’s shortcomings.

In the Angels’ 4-3 loss to Seattle on Friday at Safeco Field, they were again conspicuous in the form of Ricky Nolasco, who could not...

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