ANAHEIM, Calif. After coming so far and playing so well down the stretch, it's almost a shame that the Angels' fate is not in their own hands.
They've become scoreboard watchers, attentive not only to their games but also to the daily fortunes of the Oakland A's and Baltimore Orioles. A win isn't a win unless the A's or Orioles lose, too.
But that's where the Angels are with nine games left in the regular season. Their playoff chances hinge on one word: hope.
"We don't have a lot of wiggle room right now," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We know what we're up against."
What they're up against is the end of the season. As the days pass, they're faced with the fact that time is running out, and even if they keep winning, they need either the A's or O's to lose consistently. A slump would help.
After Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, which gave the Angels a three-game sweep and trimmed Chicago's American League Central lead to one-half game over the Tigers, little cha...