There's one month in the books. Let's take a look at where we stand:
AL West Standings
Also, I was looking through some bookmarks and saw a link for "AL West season preview" and wondered why I saved that. And then, upon reading the post, I remembered it was because I wanted to hold onto this:
Rev Halofan of Halos Heaven:
Angels' worst-case: "Pujols ages fast, Hamilton gets some boo-boo he can blame a lost season on, Trout meets with the Sophomore Slump, Bourjos bats like Jeff Mathis, Trumbo slumps as a new career norm, and the minor leagues contribute to playing time. Weaver's declining peripherals actually were an indicator of something, Wilson's lactose-free diet creates even more bone spurs, Varga reveals Seattle traded him with good reason, Hanson and Blanton are Hanson and Blanton, the bullpen reverts to 2011/12 form, and Scioscia overtinkers. With all this we would still have to see a dominant A's or Rangers team emerge to push the Angels out of playoff contention."
There's still five months to go, but there's always a worse case than the worst-case.