ANAHEIM, Calif. In the closing weeks of the season, with a playoff spot on the line, little things can make a big difference.
One mistake can cost a game. One base-running error can stop a big inning. One loss can sink a season.
The Angels spent Wednesday night lamenting all the little things that went wrong against the Texas Rangers. They lost a game, lost a day in their season and lost ground in the American League wild card race.
The silver lining: It could have been worse. Despite their 6-2 defeat to the Rangers at Angel Stadium, they lost only a half-game in the wild card scramble. The Oakland A's loss to the Detroit Tigers dropped the A's into the second wild card spot, leaving the Angels 3 games out.
That's not a comfortable distance, but it's not impossible either. With only 13 games left in the regular season, the Angels have put themselves in an unenviable position, needing to win and hope the A's or the Baltimore Orioles or both -- lose.
"We have a couple of weeks ...