It took the Angels three weeks to claw back into the thick of the AL West race, but it's taken them only four days to slide most of the way back.
A rough road trip to Oakland has imperiled the Angels' playoff hopes -- especially after a brutal, 9-1 loss Sunday -- but the Angels still have a chance to cool off the hottest team in baseball. First-place Texas, which has won 11 straight games, visits Anaheim for a three-game series starting Tuesday.
Janitorial work. The innings were about as meaningless as they get, but a bunch of young relievers came in and held Oakland scoreless in mop-up duty after Joel Pineiro's embarrassingly short outing.
Bobby Wilson. Sunday will probably hurt the Angels' third catcher more than it helps him -- Mike Scioscia will note the fact that Pineiro only got one out with Wilson behind the plate -- but he merits more playing time than he's getting. Despite scant at-bats, he managed to go 2-for-4, including a double. He did more than the regulars.
Well... Pineiro. On the bright side, he got David DeJesus to ground out. On the other hand, the eight other hitters he faced either got a hit or walked. It was the shortest start by an Angels pitcher in nearly four years.
Fielding. Mark Trumbo made a lousy throw to the plate, or -- who knows -- maybe Pineiro somehow gets through five innings or so. It was Trumbo's sixth error. That's a bit high for a first baseman.
The guppy. Pitchers are throwing Mike Trout a steady stream of breaking pitches and he's not showing the ability to either, A, hit them, or B, lay off them. It's kind of classic for a young hitter to struggle like this. It will be interesting to see if he can adjust in the time he has left.