Angels Postgame: Angels Eliminated From Playoffs

Angels Postgame: Angels Eliminated From Playoffs

Entering the playoffs as the top seed and back-to-back champions, many expected the Angels to find a way to advance past the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS.  The Angels rallied from a 0-2 series deficit to force a deciding Game 5.  Ultimately, the Mariners proved to be too much for the Angels.

After the game, Angels players appeared extremely disappointed with the outcome.  In the postgame press conference Albert Pujols said, “We worked all season long to make sure we had home-field advantage for these type of situations.  For us to come out here and get shutout is not what we had planned.”

Kaleb Cowart, in his first full-season as a starter had a terrific season, but ultimately a terrible postseason.  Cowart said, “I’m a big reason we are going home.  For me to have one hit and no RBI’s in this series…it’s a big disappointment.”

Angels manager Rod Barajas expressed similar disappointment but was also quick to point out that the series does not take away from what was accomplished during the season.  “Obviously losing this series hurts.  We did so much right during the season, we expected to do more in the playoffs.  At the same time, this group of guys has done so much.  To overcome the injuries of Mike and Masutaro, to not have Derek (Holland), Brandon (Morrow), or Xun (Jing-Bo) here in the playoffs caught up to us.

When General Manager Eisenberg was asked about the upcoming offseason, he simply said, “It’s too early to think about the offseason.  We are happy with what we have here.  We will continue to do whatever it takes to put this team in a position to be a contender in 2018.”