The Los Angeles Angels are in the thick of the playoff race despite having a lot of things go wrong this season.
The Scott Kazmir reclamation project was an epic failure and ended in his release after he posted miserable rehab starts in Triple-A.
The acquisition of Vernon Wells—which was criticized by almost everyone at the time of the deal—has proven to be worse than originally anticipated.
Despite the disappointments, the Angels have had a lot of things go right.
Several of the young prospects have stepped in and played well, including Tyler Chatwood, Jordan Walden and Mark Trumbo. More importantly, Jered Weaver and Dan Haren have been one of the best one-two punches in the league, if not the best.
Although Weaver and Haren are obviously vital to the team and are the main reasons the Angels are in the playoff hunt, this list will not discuss them.
Weaver and Haren are gamers. I have no doubt that both will continue to pitch at a high level and give the Halos a chance to win every time they take the mound.
With that in mind, this slideshow focuses more on players who will need to step up if the Angels will succeed down the stretch.
Here are the seven most vital players to the Angels’ playoff race.