For my money, this whole Bradley thing make me sick, and I think him being gone clearly makes the team worse on both offense and defense going into the most important two weeks of their schedule. But enough about Milton. Look at the next couple of weeks:
The Angels play 6 at home against Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Then they play 3 at Baltimore. Then 3 at Texas.
Consider the timing: Pittsburgh sucks, and just got shut out for the second time in a row by the M's. KC is KC. Baltimore has no manager and no Miggy. Texas is Texas. What's a realistic worst case scenario for the Halos? 7-5? What's a realistic best case? 11-1?
As for the A's ... they play the next 10 on the road - against the first place Mets, the first place Indians, the surging Yankees, and then they come home to play Toronto. It looks like the A's might miss Halladay, but still, what's a realistic best case for the A's? 6-4? Worst case? 2-8?
Not trying to predict the future with any precision, but let's face it: if last place clubs play like last place clubs and first place clubs play like first place clubs, the chances of the A's being 10 out in two weeks and heading to the All Star break looking real bad are very, very good. Would love to write at that time that I was dead, flat wrong ... but I'm just looking at the numbers