I’ll admit I’ve been skeptical about the Angels post season chances for a while now. Their offense is just awful ( a MLB worst .219 batting average since the break) and their bull pen with Walden suddenly unable to throw a non fastball for a strike is also shaky. Generally the Angels don’t exude the same confidence as the Rangers.
When I hear the Rangers in post game interviews and what not they just feel like a confident bunch. The Halos even after long stretches of playing solid baseball still always seem a bit reserved in their demeanor. While this subdued mindset is likely a direct result of Mike Scioscia and his classically even temperament it can at times be telling.
The good news is that all the peripheral attitude posturing goes out the window starting tonight. Its put up or shut up time. Trailing the Rangers by 4 full games in the AL West the Halos get a chance to gain some ground in their home park. No scoreboard watching is necessary.
The hunted is now right in your back yard.
We shall see what these Angels are truly made of. Lets take a look at the series at a glance.
- Game 1: Garrett Richards (0-1, 10.80 ERA) vs. Alexi Ogando (11-5, 3.22 ERA)
- Game 2: Tyler Chatwood (6-8, 4.07 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (10-4, 4.30 ERA)
- Game 3: Ervin Santana (9-8, 3.10 ERA) vs. C.J. Wilson (11-5, 3.28 ERA)
- Game 4: Jered Weaver (14-6, 2.13 ERA) vs. Colby Lewis (11-8, 4.01 ERA)
Ranger To Watch
- Mike Napoli has been outstanding for the Rangers this season his .969 OPS leads the Rangers and would also lead the Angels by a mile. With his statements last week about not having fun while playing under Mike Scioscia its clear Napoli would like nothing better than to exact some revenge against his former club and prove to Scioscia and Reagins just how foolish they were to let him go.
- In a season that has seen Vernon Wells become virtually useless in every Angel at bat its probably foolish for me to pick him here. There is really no logic or reasoning behind this selection other than the fact of come on Vernon! Do something! Help this club win. Part of the reason ( i’m guessing) why Reagins and Co. made one of the worst trades in baseball history is that Wells has hit well against Texas in his past sporting a career .275/.330/.488 slash line with 15 home runs in 83 games. If Wells can even remotely match that production in the remaining (10) head to head games against Texas the Halos would be ecstatic.