Apr 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Los Angeles Angels are at risk of missing the playoffs for the third season in a row, and if they do fail to find the postseason, Bob Nightengale of USA Today believes manager Mike Scioscia will become "the scapegoat."
Get in, and go deep into October, and Scioscia will be at Angel Stadium next April. Fall short of the postseason for a third consecutive season, and he likely becomes the scapegoat.
Following last night’s loss to the Texas Rangers, the Angels find themselves 8 ½ games behind the Rangers in the American League West and 4 ½ games out of the final AL Wild Card spot.
Starting August 21, the Angels were able to win fifteen of eighteen, including three winning streaks of four games or longer and a sweep of the Oakland Athletics. Since then, LA’s come back down to earth, losing six of ten including five of seven against the A’s and Rangers.
Should Scioscia be fired if the Angels don't make the playoffs?