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Series Preview: Texas Rangers @ Anaheim Angels - Curtains

The Rangers get their first crack at the hated Angels in their first road series of 2016

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

In lieu of previewing this series, I want to bring it to your attention that today is Adrian Beltre's birthday.

Happy birthday, Adrian Beltre! You're my favorite. Please share your favorite things about Adrian Beltre today.

Series Schedule:

Thursday, April 7 9:05 pm: LHP Derek Holland vs LHP Hector Santiago

Friday, April 8 9:05 pm: RHP A.J. Griffin vs RHP Matt Shoemaker

Saturday, April 9 8:05 pm: LHP Cole Hamels vs RHP Garrett Richards

Sunday, April 10 2:35 pm: LHP Martin Perez vs RHP Jered Weaver

Anaheim Strengths:

Well, they basically have the best player since Willie Mays patrolling centerfield for them. That seems like a pretty strong strength.

Anaheim Weaknesses:

Basically everything other than Mike Trout. The Angels have been accused of wasting basically the best player since Willie Mays and it's hard to argue. Despite paying Trout relative pennies and having one of the highest payrolls in the game, the Angels have never won a playoff game with Trout. The made the playoffs just once with Trout thus far and were swept by the Royals in 2014.

For that to change, the Angels will need a lot of things to go right despite having a 10 win Mike Trout head start on the rest of the league.

Go Rangers!

Anaheim Angels (0-2, 5th Place in AL West)

Rangers' 2015 Record vs. Anaheim: 7-12 (booooo)

Anaheim's Recent Results: 0-2 to open the season against the Chicago Cubs

Anaheim's 2015 Home Record: 49-32 (0-2 in 2016)

Angels Stadium Park Factors (LHB/RHB): HR: 90/95 - Runs: 91/89

SB Nation Angels Blog: Halos Heaven (Now Rev Free!)

Match-up: (as of 04/04) Rangers Angels Advantage
Batting (RAR) 0.0 (1st) 0.0 (30th) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Base Running (RAR) 0.0 (1st) 0.0 (30th) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Starters (RAR) 0.0 0.0 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Bullpen (RAR) 0.0 (1st) 0.0 (30th) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Defense (UZR) 0.0 (1st) 0.0 (30th) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Overall (UZR + RAR) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Questions to Answer:

  • Yay or Nay: The Rangers win their first series in April since 2014 this weekend?
  • Who is your Return of the McLemore Approved Player to Watch in this series? (Birthday boy Adrian Beltre, of course.)
  • Over/Under: 2.5 home runs hit by the Rangers in this series?
  • What's your guess for line (IP/H/K/BB/ER) by Derek Holland in his 2016 debut in tonight's game?
  • Will the Anaheim Angels win at least one World Series with Mike Trout on their team?