Angels losing streak reaches 14 games as Nickelback can’t out Halos without funk’s Mike Trout

The longest losing streak in Los Angeles Angels history reached 14 games. On Wednesday night, the Angels were shut 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 remaining. Wednesday was their third straight one-point loss and their second 1-0 loss in the last three games. The Angels are 27-31 years old.

Mike Trout left Tuesday’s game with a groin injury and he didn’t play Wednesday, although the good news is that the injury is minor, and it’s day to day. That said, Trout’s absence has hurt an already private roster of Anthony Rendon, who is sidelined with a wrist problem. Wednesday was the eighth time during the losing streak that the Halos had scored two points or less.

The Angels resorted to desperate – very desperate – measures to end the losing streak. Every Angels hitter used a Nickelback song as background music on Wednesday. How you explain to the world what you thought this would end the losing streak, I don’t know, but that’s not my problem. Here is the set list:

If I didn’t know better, I’d say every rapper that used Nickelback as a backing track was a Joe Maddon thing, but Maddon was removed from his managerial position on Tuesday. Baseball players are a superstitious bunch, and if the Angels had won Wednesday to end the losing streak, you can bet they would have used Nickelback again on Thursday. Maybe it’s better they lose then.

Either way, 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 with a losing streak of at least 14 games this century. Here are the longest single-season losing streaks in franchise history:

  1. May 25, 2022 to present: 14 games and counting
  2. September 19 to October 2, 1988: 12 matches*
  3. August 4-15, 2016: 11 games
  4. July 16-26, 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 spanning two seasons.

The Angels have lost every game type during the losing streak. They’ve been blown, lost close games, lost wild back-and-forths, let late leads slip away, and so on. Despite losing six of 14 games by no more than two points, the Halos were outscored 85-40 during the losing streak, or more than three points per game.

It feels like forever now, but the Angels started the season 21-11, and they were on course to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. They are now 6-20 from that 21-11 start, and they’ve fallen out of the wild card position. FanGraphs put the club’s post-season odds at 27.0%. They were 81.4% as recently as May 15.

The upcoming schedule is as difficult as it gets for the Angels. They will try to break the losing streak in the final of this four-game series with the Red Sox on Thursday. After that, they’ll host the New York Mets in town for a three-weekend series, then head north to the 5th for a two-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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