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Series Preview: Anaheim Angels @ Texas Rangers - It Could Happen

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The Angels make their final appearance in Arlington in 2014 in a three game set against the Rangers

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Harry How

Series Schedule:

Tuesday, September 09 7:05: LHP Hector Santiago vs. RHP Colby Lewis

Wednesday, September 10 7:05: RHP Matt Shoemaker vs. RHP Nick Tepesch

Thursday, September 11 7:05: (TBD) (Cory Rasmus?) vs. RHP Scott Baker

The team with the best record in baseball plays the team with the worst record in baseball. So how did it come to this? How did the Angels turn a 78 win team in 2013 into the best team in baseball? Where did these wins come from for a team that has done nothing but squander the best player of the last generation and the best player of this generation the last few seasons?

One explanation is the American League seems incredibly weak this year. The A's looked like an elite team for most of the year before turning into a pumpkin. The Orioles are running away with a subpar AL East. The Royals are winning their division, for crying out loud. Seattle is currently in a playoff spot, if that doesn't say it all.

The Angels -- again, with the best record in baseball -- have someone named Matt Shoemaker as arguably their No. 2 starter. Jered Weaver, the ace, is still turning home mountains into wins despite his molehill of a fastball. C.J. Wilson is having easily his worst season as a starter. You know who has been better than Hector Santiago this season? Mostly anyone. Right now, the Angels don't even have a fifth starter. Without Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs, Cory Rasmus has started the last couple of times the Angels have needed a fifth starter in all-out bullpen nights.

Yeah, yeah, so there's the offense and an improved bullpen. So they're the 1999 Texas Rangers. There's Mike Trout. There's Pujols and Hamilton and all those other guys they had on the team the last couple of years when they weren't the best team in baseball. I think we all know what's going on...

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You win this time, God.

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Anaheim Angels (88-55, 1st Place in AL West)

Rangers' Record vs. Anaheim: 3-10 (1-6 at The Ballpark)

Anaheim's Recent Results: 4-0 road series sweep of the Minnesota Twins

Anaheim's Road Record: 41-31

The Ballpark Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 106/91 - Runs: 112/105

(not) SB Nation Angels Blog: www.disney.com

Questions to Answer:

  • Which team do you want to see beat the Angels in the ALDS?
  • Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (Get Guilder in a game!)
  • Over/Under: 4.5 cumulative minutes of Scioscia Face screen time over this three game series?
  • What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Colby Lewis tonight as he faces the Angels again after allowing 16 ER in his last 8 1/3 innings against them?
  • Yea or Nay: The Rangers finish with a better record than the Angels in 2015?