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LA Angels Series Preview (7/2/19): Appreciating Life, Baseball, and Tyler Skaggs

By Ryan Falla
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 01: Players for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants stand during a moment of silence for pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at PETCO Park on July 01, 2019 in San Diego, California. Skaggs passed away in his hotel room earlier in the day in Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 01: Players for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants stand during a moment of silence for pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at PETCO Park on July 01, 2019 in San Diego, California. Skaggs passed away in his hotel room earlier in the day in Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Baseball Moves Forward

As difficult as it seems to be it’s coming to the time where baseball will be moving forward and we will all have to follow suit. That day may not be today, or tomorrow, but it will be here someday soon, probably sooner than any of us would want. The only way to move forward in the healing process is to begin the healing, and that’s something we’re going to work on right now, all of us together.

The Angels are 4.5 games back in the AL Wild Card with the division rival Rangers sitting comfortably in the 2nd Wild Card spot. The Angels will be facing them for a three game set, shortened from 4 games after yesterdays postponement, and will have the opportunity to pull the AL Wild Card closer to home.

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I know it’s a bit frustrating as the Angels are constantly moving forward and backwards within the Wild Card, it seems that as soon as they make progress forward they find themselves slipping backwards. Week by week seems to hold the story of the Angels trying to recover from a slide that took them out of favorable Wild Card positioning.

The Rangers are sitting in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and it will be up to the Angels to kick them while their down. The pitching matchups look as solid as they could be and the offense is strong enough to bring home win after win despite them swinging their bats like wet noodles against the Oakland A’s after dropping three games straight to them.

It will be an uphill battle with the Rangers throwing some hot pitchers on the mound against the Angels, but if they can prevail offensively there is no reason the Angels shouldn’t come out of this series in a better position to snatch a Wild Card berth than they were coming in.

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