Mathematically, the Angels still have a chance. Realistically, they have no illusions about the difficulty of advancing to the playoffs with only a handful of games left.
But there's still life, if only just a little. If they play as well as they did Friday night in Arlington, Texas, they'll have no reason to mourn their finish should they fall short.
They're running out of time, of course. But they're doing what they have to do win. The rest is fate.
With no scoreboard to watch the Oakland A's game against the Seattle Mariners began two hours later than the Angels-Rangers game the Angels rolled to a 7-4 win that allowed them to retain their flickering hope.
Jered Weaver won his 20th game, becoming the first pitcher in the American League to do so, and Mark Trumbo had his first three-hit game since July 15. Mike Trout collected his 173rd hit to set a team rookie record. All good reasons to celebrate.
But the Angels' only focus is on the second wild card in the AL. They have ...