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LA Angels Series Preview: Nowhere to go but up vs Rangers

By Ryan Falla
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 09: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates his third inning solo home run to reach 2000 career RBI's with Mike Trout #27 while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 09, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 09: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates his third inning solo home run to reach 2000 career RBI's with Mike Trout #27 while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 09, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Have the LA Angels ever looked as far out of their league as they did against the Twins? Sure the Twins are one of the best teams in baseball, if not the best, but they flat out whipped the Angels..

But that’s okay, because there is nowhere to go but up from here against division rival Rangers! I think…. The LA Angels are constantly finding new ways to hit rock bottom and I have to wonder if this is only the start of another plummet instead of the starting point of a fresh series and a new outlook.

This Angels team is one that finds extreme difficulty in shedding their failures, instead it seems as if the team is forever drowning under them. The Angels have to worst starting pitching in all of baseball thanks to the immaculate work of Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill. There isn’t much to look forward to with this team except for the playing time of our up and coming prospects.

It’s no surprise that the best players on this team, aside from Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, are the young up and comers. Luis Rengifo is proving to be a steady fill in for the injured Andrelton Simmons, Jared Walsh is proving he knows his way around a bat, Griffin Canning has already established himself as the Angels top dog in the rotation. The only way the Angels can rise from this rubble is by allowing the young kids to pull them out of it.

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There is still a plethora of talent on the way to the Angels; pitchers Jose Suarez and Patrick Sandoval, hitters Matt Thaiss and Jose Rojas, there really is no end to the young talent close to ready for MLB time.

So what do the Angels do now? Do they continue to push the same formula that has brought them to this point?

Do they flip the team over to the kids and let them play out the season over the struggling veterans? If it’s the future of the team on the line the Angels are going to want to have as many kids as possible playing through this season to prepare them for the real playoff run in 2020.

It’s a long season, but with a little help from the youth it will be far more palatable than has been in the last two months.

Angels vs Rangers

(5/24) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Griffin Canning (2-1, 3.80 ERA) vs Drew Smyly (0-3, 6.51 ERA)

(5/25) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 5.01 ERA) vs Mike Minor (5-3, 2.64 ERA)

(5/26) 1:07 PM PT @ FS-W: TBD vs Ariel Jurado (1-2, 2.08 ERA)

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