Angel’s losing streak reaches 14 as Nickelback can’t get Mike Trout-less Halos off the funk

The longest losing streak in Los Angeles Angels history has reached 14 games. On Wednesday night, the Angels were ruled out by the Boston Red Sox (BOS 1, LAA 0) to extend a losing streak that threatens to sabotage the team’s season, even with 104 games left. Wednesday was their third consecutive one-run loss and their second 1-0 loss in their last three games. The angels are 27-31.

Mike Trout left Tuesday’s game with a groin injury and did not play on Wednesday, although the good news is that the injury is minor. and he is everyday. However, Trout’s absence marred a line-up that already lacks Anthony Rendon, who is out with a wrist problem. Wednesday marked the eighth time during the losing streak that the Halos scored two runs or fewer.

The angels took desperate—very desperate—measures to end the bad luck. Each Angels batter used a Nickelback song as walkup music on Wednesday. How you explain to the world what you thought This I don’t know if the dry spell would end, but that’s not my problem. Here is the set list:

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that every batter using Nickelback as a walkup song was a Joe Maddon gimmick. but Maddon was relieved of his managerial duties on Tuesday. Baseball players are a superstitious bunch, and had the Angels won Wednesday to end their losing streak, you can bet they would have used Nickelback again on Thursday. Maybe it’s better if they lose then.

Anyway, the 14-game losing streak is the longest in baseball this season and the longest in baseball since the Baltimore Orioles went on a 19-game losing streak last August. The Angels are the ninth team on a losing streak of at least 14 games this century. Here are the longest losing streaks in a single season in franchise history:

  1. May 25, 2022 to date: 14 games and counting
  2. 19 Sept – 2 Oct 1988: 12 games*
  3. 04.-08.15.2016: 11 games
  4. 16-26 July 1999: 11 games
  5. June 28 to July 9, 1992: 11 games
  6. June 30 to July 10, 1974: 11 games

* The Angels lost their last 12 games in 1988 and their first game in 1989 for a 13-game losing streak that spanned two seasons.

The Angels have lost every type of game during the losing streak. They got blown out, lost tight games, lost wild back and forth barn burners, let late leads slip, you name it. Though the Halos lost six of their 14 games by no more than two runs, they were outscored during the losing streak by 85-40, or more than three runs per game.

It feels like forever now, but the Angels started the 21-11 season and were ready to return to the postseason for the first time since 2014. They’re now 6-20 since that 21-11 start, and they’ fell out of the wild card position. FanGraphs put the club’s postseason odds at 27.0 percent. On May 15 it was 81.4 percent.

The upcoming schedule is as tough as it gets for the Angels. They will look to end the losing streak in the final of this four-game set with the Red Sox on Thursday. After that, they’ll welcome the New York Mets to the city for a three-game weekend series and then head up the 5 north to play two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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