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Six teams make the postseason in each league in MLB: three division winners, and three Wild Cards.
At the moment, the American League landscape has the Los Angeles Angels out of the postseason.
The Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, and Texas Rangers lead their respective divisions, and the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays currently hold the three Wild Cards.
How about the Angels?
How far out are they?
Insider Sam Blum offers some clarity.
“The Blue Jays beat the Dodgers, 6-3 in 11 innings tonight. That drops the Angels to 4.5 games out of the 3rd WC with 7 games before the deadline,” he tweeted.
The Blue Jays beat the Dodgers, 6-3 in 11 innings tonight.
That drops the Angels to 4.5 games out of the 3rd WC with 7 games before the deadline.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) July 25, 2023
Every team in baseball (or at least every fan) is closely following how the Angels do from this point until the trade deadline on August 1 (next Tuesday).
It matters because if the Angels fall too far in the Wild Card race, they might decide to sell and that includes potentially trading Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani, as you know, is the 2021 AL MVP and probably wrapped up the 2023 edition of the award already.
He would make for an elite acquisition for a contender, if he is moved.
If the Angels manage to stay close to that third Wild Card spot, they will probably stay put or even become buyers.
The next few days will likely shape the future of the trade deadline and, for many teams, the rest of their season.
Will Ohtani remain in LA until the end of the year?
Or will they dare to trade him?
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