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Return of the Jedi: LA Angels Look for New Hope Against Texas Rangers

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 01: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to the slide of Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers despite turning a double play to end the game during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 01: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to the slide of Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers despite turning a double play to end the game during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 01: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels turns a double play as Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers slides at second base to end the game during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 01: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels turns a double play as Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers slides at second base to end the game during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 6-0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Here we go, it’s finally the Home Opener for the LA Angels 2019 season! This is the real start of the season, don’t let the last six games fool you.

The LA Angels may have been playing awfully, mostly on the offensive side, but the pitching has come through in dividends. The pitching was the biggest concern coming into 2019 so the Angels are already in a somewhat better spot than last year.  Seeing them perform so admirably only adds fuel to the ever-burning optimism with this new Angels squad.

Home Opener time! The season starts now, you can finally get excited for real! Those last 6 games just happened to be built up to the real start of the show, like a really bad prequel if you will. It’s as if the Stars Wars prequels came out before the original trilogy, these last 6 games have only diminished the wonder and excitement surrounding previous beloved characters as well as adding universally hated new characters (I’m looking at you Jar-Jar). Most of the Angels free agent signings are looking like Jar-Jar additions to this squad; Zack Cozart, Justin Bour, Albert Pujols (as always), and Tommy Le Stella.

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The good news is once the real show starts, the beginning of Episode Four, all those unwanted and unloved characters will disappear and the real stars will shine. No more Jar-Jars, no more sleep-inducing plot lines, just good old fashion Angels baseball.

A New Hope is arising.

Angels vs Rangers

Probable Pitchers

(4/4) – 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Matt Harvey (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs Edinson Volquez (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

(4/5) – 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Felix Pena (0-1, 9.82 ERA) vs Lance Lynn (0-0, 11.12 ERA)

(4/6) – 1:05 PM PT @ FS-W: Tyler Skaggs (0-1, 3.86 ERA)  vs TBD

(4/7) – 1:05 PM PT @ FS-W: TBD vs TBD

This series has bounce back written all over it. The Angels are facing a team that has been sitting at the bottom of the AL West for years. Not that the Angels are in any better position as of right now, but they do have more than enough talent to outshine the Rangers. Aside from the Angels offense they’ve been playing much better than the 1-5 record would speak towards.

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