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LA Angels Series Preview: Starters Need Lengthy Outings vs. Rangers

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Francisco Arcia #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tags out Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers at home as he tried to score from second on a hit by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Angel Stadium on September 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Francisco Arcia #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tags out Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers at home as he tried to score from second on a hit by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Angel Stadium on September 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Trevor Cahill is a critical component to success

Cahill was supposed to start in the final game of the Cubs series before the weather delay pushed his start back to today against the Rangers. Cahill’s role is becoming more and more critical as the year goes on and though it might be an importance created by team wide struggles more so than his own dominance as of right now he is one of the biggest keys to success for the Angels. Even better for Cahill that the Angels has knocked around Texas in recent history even outside the last series against the team.

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Last season the Angels played 10 games in Arlington and scored just 4 runs or less in just four of those ten games. In a best case scenario there will be some leeway with the Angels starting pitching here as they will be given some room to play with, the only concern is if the offense will be able to provide that support early on.

This will be a difficult series for the Angels as Arlington has been a difficult place to for them to pitch, as well as the dire need to protect the bullpen arms in this outing at the very least.

If Trevor Cahill can continue his effectiveness he showed against the Brewers and can last 6 innings while giving up only 2 runs, this first game will likely be a smooth affair. At the very least the Angels need 5 innings from Cahill, but given Angels struggles in Arlington I wouldn’t be surprised if he could only get through 4 innings.  It’s critical for Cahill to get the Angels off to a good start in this first game, not just with a win, but with a long start.

A complete game may be too much to ask for and a CG shutout may be a dream at this point in time, but if Cahill can throw close to seven innings he will continue cementing his role as an early season savior.

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