No Playoff Baseball in Los Angeles
Let’s quickly recap the events of both teams’ seasons.
The Angels made the biggest splash in the offseason, landing the future Hall-of-Famer Pujols, while the Dodgers’ biggest pre-season acquisition was new part owner Magic Johnson. As the season started, the two teams quickly became the two most talked-about clubs across the league. While the Angels stumbled out of the gates, struggling to put runs on the scoreboard, the Dodgers looked like the cream of the crop in the NL, winning 9 of their first 10 games (and remember when Matt Kemp hit 12 home runs in April!?).
After Kemp’s injury, the Dodgers started to slow down. They had difficulty finding consistency from their starters and were struggling to find hitting out of lower lineup spots.
Things were also starting to change about 30 miles down the I-5, where the Angels found their wings behind a 20-year-old named Mike Trout. The Angels put together an 8-game winning streak in the end of May and won 17 of their 26 games in June while cutting down the Rangers lead in the AL West. Thus the ‘Trout for MVP’ campaigns began taking hold.
The Angels buffed up their pitching staff at the trade deadline, acquiring Zach Greinke from the Brewers, while the Dodgers – in the midst of a dogfight with the Giants – reached out to every and any available player who could potentially help make a playoff push: Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Joe Blanton, and Brandon League. Oh, and 4-time All-Star Carl Crawford, but injuries have kept him off the field since mid-August.
Both teams were in the running to squeak into the final five going into this past weekend, but their respective late-season rallies fell short. So now we enter an offseason leading up to an extremely important 2013 for both teams.