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Los Angeles Angels fall notes

The Los Angeles Angels are probably thinking ahead to next season because this season has been a major disappointment. At 51-71, the Angels are 20 games under .500 since ending the 1999 season with a 70-92 record, and it will likely be the second year in a row that Mike Scioscia’s baseball team is not in the postseason.

The Angels won’t be a team bettors put some coin on to win the title this year at a site like, but they could be in the future. Here’s some notes on the team as fall nears.

Scioscia appears safe as manager

Despite the team’s struggles this season, Scioscia has the backing of GM Billy Eppler, who told reporters Friday he has no reason to believe Scioscia won’t return as manager next season. The Angels have been hit hard by injuries, especially to the pitching staff, which made it difficult for Scioscia to navigate a winning season. The longest-tenured manager in the majors, Scioscia still has two years left on his contract.

Garrett Richards throwing again

Starting pitcher Garrett Richards was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament on May 6, which he’d been getting stem cell treatments for in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery. Earlier this week, he was cleared to throw and reported no pain. Richards, who was 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA in 32 starts in 2015, is aiming to be ready for spring training next season.

Team avoid longest losing streak

The Angels came this close to equaling the longest losing streak in team history this month when they lost 11 straight games, but a 7-6 win over Seattle prevented the skid from getting to the 1988 mark of 12 games. It’s not like the Angels to lose that many games under Scioscia. It’s a sign the times are changing and the Angels need to retool the roster for the future.