The Los Angeles Angels are six games out of first place, have lost four in row (two to the Rangers) and are 3-7 in their last 10, and all of Orange County appears poised to collectively jump off the Premier Commercial Bank building out onto Katella Ave.
(Out-of-staters: That is the white building you can see just outside Angel Stadium left field on TV.)
It's getting so bad that just listening to the postgame show on AM radio makes you feel like you've just finished listening to Nirvana's In Utero—hopeless and alone.
Let's try to look on the bright side.
Really, the Angels are not sh...ahem, great. (Let's agree.)
Also, they play in a generally weak division, yes? (Tentatively, nod your head.)
Can we also agree that in recent years, other "not great" teams have sneaked into the playoffs in the last month of the season, teams that were nowhere near as good as they should have been, and went on to win the World Series, a la the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, 2003 Florida Marlins and the 2010 San Francisco Giants?
Right, eh? Are we feeling better?
So, is it idealistic to believe the Angels are just one piece away from making a championship run behind the great young arms of Dan Haren and Jered Weaver?
Look, I'm not saying it's likely; just, can it happen?
Well, check out these guys on the trade wire and find out which one may end up being that piece the Halos need in order to make a championship run.