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Series Preview: Texas Rangers @ Anaheim Angels - Fun With Narratives

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The Rangers finish up the final road trip of the season with three games in Anaheim

Probably the Angels' No. 3 starter
Probably the Angels' No. 3 starter
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Series Schedule:

Friday, September 19 9:05: LHP Hector Santiago vs. RHP Lisalverto Bonilla

Saturday, September 20 8:05: RHP Jered Weaver vs. RHP Colby Lewis

Sunday, September 21 2:35: RHP Cory Rasmus vs. RHP Nick Tepesch

Make no mistake, the Rangers are on a six game winning streak because they wanted the Angels to win the West before they got to town. Before last weekend's series with the Braves, someone on the Rangers figured out that with the way things were going, the Rangers would likely be faced with the all too real possibility of playing this weekend series in Anaheim under the threat of watching the Angels storm the field to celebrate winning the AL West. That wasn't an option.

Maybe it's because pride finally kicked in, but the Rangers decided it was important to not let their rival celebrate against them. Of course, it didn't hurt that they've played perhaps the team from each league respectively who've been choking away their seasons the hardest of late. After sweeping Atlanta virtually out of the NL Wild Card conversation last weekend, the Rangers went to Oakland and swept the A's to put their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.

So crushing dreams and playing with pride took precedent, sure, but it also took a backseat to making sure the Angels celebrated the West on Texas' terms. That championship didn't come with a final out dogpile on the mound with the Rangers slowly walking off with their heads hanging. The Angels won the West watching TVs as the Rangers put them in with a 9th inning rally against the A's on Wednesday. You're welcome, Anaheim.

Now please return the favor by playing your best so we can get our top draft pick reward.

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Anaheim Angels (95-58, 1st Place in AL West)

Rangers' Record vs. Anaheim: 3-13 (2-4 at the Big A)

Anaheim's Recent Results: 2-2 home series split against the Seattle Mariners

Anaheim's Home Record: 51-27

Angel Stadium Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 84/90 - Runs: 96/87

SB Nation Angels Blog: Halos Heaven

Questions to Answer:

  • In which game of the ALDS does the season end for the Angels?
  • Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (I want to see Colby Lewis acquit himself once more against the Angels.)
  • Over/Under: 6.5 times during this series that Mike Scioscia whines at an umpire for five minutes about an otherwise inconsequential minor call that goes against the Angels that he perceives as a slight to his manhood?
  • What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Lisalverto Bonilla in his second career start tonight?
  • Yea or Nay: Over the next five years, the Angels make the playoffs more than twice?