“If we win every single game for the rest of the season, we’re in the playoffs. Do the math.”
That’s Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s master plan for getting his team into the post season. Win every game.
On the surface, it seems a little naive. Dig deeper and you’ll discover it’s just plain crazy. From the LA Times:
The Angels are 6 1/2 games behind Oakland with 10 games left, but seven of those games are against the Athletics, including a three-game series beginning Friday night in McAfee Coliseum.
A Magnificent Seven — a sweep of this weekend’s series and of a four-game series beginning Sept. 28 in Anaheim — and the Angels gain seven games on the A’s. Simple, right?
“It’s not going to be easy, because we have to beat them seven times, and if we don’t, we’re done,” Cabrera said. “Every time we go on the field, we have to think like this is the last game we’re going to play.”
Is Cabrera crazy? Crazy like a fox. It is highly unlikely that the Angels will sweep the A’s over seven games, or that the team will win it’s final 10 games. But then again, this is baseball. Miracles do happen. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back homerun miracles. Bloody sock miracles. Pinch-hit with a bad knee in the world series and hit a home run miracles.