The Los Angeles Angels split their doubleheader with the Texas Rangers on Sunday. The club won the first game, but a tough 8-7 loss in the nightcap officially eliminated the Angels in the race for the American League West crown. The loss also cut their elimination number down to one game in the AL wild card chase. L.A. currently trails Baltimore/New York by two games, and Oakland by three.
With just three games left in the 2012 season, which will be against the last place Seattle Mariners, the Angels are eliminated from playoff contention if they lose any of their remaining games. At the same time, if the As win any of their three remaining games with the Rangers, the Angels are also eliminated. Stranger things have happened before in baseball, but it does not look like the Halos will be headed to the playoffs this year.
Here is a complete look at the AL wild card standings.
American League Wild Card Standings
|New York||92||67||.578||0||Won 1|
|Tampa Bay||88||71||.553||4||Lost 2|
|Los Angeles||88||71||.553||4||Lost 1|
|Kansas City||71||88||.446||21||Lost 1|
(updated 9.30.2012 at 7:28 PM MST)