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LA Angels Series Preview: Flight of the Blue Jays

By Ryan Falla
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels follows through on his single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 13, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels follows through on his single in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 13, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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Fighting Spirit

If there’s one thing this Angel team has displayed over the course of the last few weeks it’s been a serious fighting spirit, especially as of the last two series. This Angels team has clawed and crawled through mud all season because of the constant uphill fighting they’ve become used to having to battle above their heads to bring themselves the successes they’ve had this season.

I’m aware they haven’t had too much success over the course of the season, but if you ignore the first two months and look at the team from the last two weeks you’ll begin to understand how different this team really is. They just swept the LA Dodgers, who are currently the best team in the MLB, in a two-game series and just left Tampa Bay after going pound for pound with the Rays.

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Yes the Angels absolutely should have come out of that series as ultimate victors, in fact they should have swept the whole thing, but as baseball is there were just too many little things that got in the way of victory. Cody Allen and Luis Garcia blew the Angels chances at taking the second game of the series and starting off the set with back to back wins.

Home plate officiating stole the Angels chances at a 9th inning comeback in the final game of the set with a 3-2 strikeout call on Kole Calhoun from a pitch that did more to threaten the right-handed batters box than it did the actual strike zone.

It is what it is however, but at the same time the Angels are going to take a lot of fire and energy left over from that Rays series that almost went as planned, but not quite, and use it to light up Toronto.

So far on the season the Angels are 3-0 against the Blue Jays with 16 runs scored to the Jays 8. The Angels punished the Jays in their last time meeting and the Jays just happen to be sending out the same pitchers the Angels crushed in that series, it’s all lined up perfectly for the Angels isn’t it?.

That feeling of “it just has to work out” is something that has tormented Angel fans for a while given the teams propensity to find ways to breakdown when all should be smooth sailing. At the same time this team has been wearing a different face as of late and if they can maintain this new panache there is no reason they shouldn’t come out of this series as victors.

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