It is pretty clear that the Angels are the best team in baseball right now. In fact, it is close to definite. But they aren’t so good that they will win 11 of 13 in a 4 week span against the Red Sox and Yankees, with any consistency. They happen to be playing out of their mind right now. Adding Teixera gave the Angels favoritism amongst most of us, but I still thought that they would have a few offensive struggles, and I still believe they will. They aren’t going to be beating up on good teams, this badly, for the rest of the year. But the point of the Teixera trade was that the Angels became an above average offense. And an above average offense to go along with a very good pitching staff, is well, a formula for a World Series appearence, and win. This actually reminds me of the 2004 Red Sox. I know they won the Wild Card, and weren’t running away with the division like the Angels are, but that was because of the variables. The Red Sox won 98 games that year, and the first place Yankees won 101. But the Red Sox that season, post trade deadline, went out West and killed opponents, solid opponents. After winning 12 of 13 against various teams, they started playing the teams that resided out West, at home in Fenway. 3 against the Angels, 3 against the Rangers, then West for three against Oakland, four against Seattle. They finished 10-3 over that stretch. And went 20-2 from August 16th-September 18th. Obviously the styles of play are different. The Angels of course are notorious for “small ball” while the Red Sox “wait” around for the “long ball.” But that 2004 team had a dominant run, and now these 2008 Angels are experiencing a dominant! run as well.
Point being…when a team gets this hot, this late, it is kind of scary.