They’ve also got plenty of time to ponder how it all went wrong during the most anticipated season in franchise history.
The Angels finished third in the AL West at 89-73, a record good enough to win the AL Central or to earn a wild-card berth in the NL.
Instead, the team with the $155 million payroll will be home in October for the third straight year, their longest playoff-free stretch in manager Mike Scioscia’s tenure.
Pujols, phenomenal rookie Mike Trout and 20-game winner Jered Weaver couldn’t overcome the Angels’ weaknesses, most notably a stumbling rotation and a perforated bullpen.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.