As I write this, the Angels are 5 and 1/2 out of first.
They have 11 games remaining before starting their string of 7 games against the A's. I think they need to go 8-3 minimum in those games. Then if Oakland goes 6-6, they will be 3 games out, and the Angels can try to go 5-2 in those games.
What is amazing to me is that they are still in this with 2 rookie pitchers in their starting rotation. Hopefully, Weaver and Saunders both continue to keep their poise the rest of the way. I think Weaver will, as he has been around the major leagues because of his brother, but not sure about Saunders.
I like the move putting Izturis on the leadoff spot. I think that will spark the club.
They will need GA's to continue his hot streak and hope Rivera catches fire as well to help out Vladdy.