ANAHEIM – The Rally Monkey is slipping, and the Boston Red Sox are his banana peel.
The patron primate of the Los Angeles Angels, the marketing masterstroke that has heralded so much comeback baseball, is evolving rapidly toward irrelevance. Two games into a postseason of extraordinary promise, the Angels are already one game from elimination and their rivals are coming on like King Kong.
The Halos haven’t won a playoff game against the Red Sox since 1986, and last night’s 7-5 setback stretched the futility to 11 straight October losses. Of more immediate significance, the American League Division Series now shifts to Fenway Park with the Red Sox holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five first-round playoff, with their ace, Josh Beckett, beckoning.