Perhaps it is appropriate that the Los Angeles Angels play in Anaheim. In a city with some of the most famous roller coasters in the world, the Angels have been giving their fans an up-and-down ride with no real clue how it is going to end.
When the Angels have been bad, they have been truly awful. From the beginning of the season to April 29, they had a 7-15 record and did not resemble the team that many, including this author, thought was going to win the American League pennant.
Mike Trout arrived on April 28th, and it is probably not a coincidence that the Angels' winning ways began just a few days later.
From April 30th to July 2nd, the Angels posted a 38-20 record and looked like they were going to stampede to the playoffs.
From July 3rd until August 19th, however, they lost their way. Not even the trade for Zack Greinke could flip the winning switch back on. They were 17-25 during that period of time. They went from 10 games over .500 to a mere two above. At 62-60, they were a bad month from being a losing team.
With the Yankees playing inconsistent ball, the Orioles winning with mirrors, the Tigers sliding and the A's about to hit a brutal patch of the schedule, the Angels are a modest winning streak from being a Wild Card team.
But which Angels team will show up for the final 22 games of the season? The star-studded world beater with Mike Trout leading the way that went 53-23? Or the team with rotten pitching and an inconsistent offense that went 24-40?
And if they do make it to the playoffs, which team will be in October? The team on a roll that could go all the way? Or the team that limps in and is eliminated and soon forgotten?
Buckle up, Angels fans. It is going to be a very fast and unpredictable ride.