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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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OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 31: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 31, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 31: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 31, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

It was difficult watching Tyler Skaggs unravel against the A’s because he is the most talented pitcher on this roster right now. When Tyler Skaggs is on top of it he as hot as they come, but when he loses it he really loses it. It always seems to come out of nowhere when he loses himself which is extra frustrating.

The third game of this series will be a great opportunity for Skaggs to set a foundation for a consistent and highly successful 2019. This four game set offers the Angels an incredible amount of room to maneuver, they have pitching that can easily beat the Rangers hitting and they have hitting that can easily beat the Rangers pitching.

Even with Cozart, Bour, and Pujols stinking it up we still have value in Trout, Simmons, Calhoun, and Fletcher. There will be competitive at-bats in this series, the question is how deep in the lineup will the competitive at-bats run? Probably not that deep to be honest, but if even one of Bour or Cozart can get on top of themselves there will be plenty of opportunity for the Angels this game of the series.

I know it’s been a tough stretch so far, but there is so much from this team that they haven’t had the chance to show yet. It’s a long season and the team will come into themselves eventually, all we can do is hope that the hitters come into themselves sooner than later.

If they don’t the Angels will be in a very dangerous position of having a month and maybe some change wasted while they bring up rookies that can hopefully perform with greater value than their predecessors.

No one wants to see the Angels in a more dire situation than they already slipping into, but if the offense truly fails the team throughout this four game set there will be no real option other than to start letting the kids trickle into the lineup. The motto of the MLB has been “let the kids play” for the 2019 season, if the Angels want to find success in the modern-day era they’ll need to adapt to the current state of the game.

I can understand that Ausmus is trying to give the veterans a fair shake and I can’t blame him for that, especially over this small sample size. But six games can turn into 20 games real fast and no one wants to see the Angels stretch this slide into double digits.

All we can hope for is success for this team all around, mostly the hitting though, because if they can’t come through things are going to get even more complicated and frustrating as the first month goes on.

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Take your hand off the panic button, there is still plenty of room for the Angels hitting to grow into a suitable force. If that’s going to happen anytime soon it will happen in this series against the Texas Rangers.

Godspeed.

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