Los Angeles Angels
The Angels made a series of moves that bolstered their playoff chances. Justin Upton and
Brandon Phillips joined the team for the final weeks.
“I loved it,” Mike Trout said. “Obviously, when you bring in two guys like that, having great years, been in the league for a while, it definitely helps you, for sure.”
Many wrote off the Angels during a spotty first half. So-so performances and injuries, especially to the rotation, buried them in the American League West, as the Astros ran away with the division lead.
But the Angels never lost hope, kept focus on a wild-card spot and then sprang into action at the end
of last month with two big additions. A lineup that features Albert Pujols, Andrelton
Simmons and Trout got more daunting. “We just got deeper,” Trout said. Right- hander Garrett Richards is back from his biceps injury, and that is news. He originally was thought to be out for the year. “I’ve put in a lot of work, a lot of time,” Richards said. “I’ve been pretty patient.” Richards’ return comes on the heels of Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney, two other injured starters, getting back into the rotation. The Angels lost another starter, however. Right-hander JC Ramirez is out for the season because of an elbow injury.