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The LA Angels Win Last Night Was Exactly What This Team Was Supposed to Be in 2019

By Vincent Page
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ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by his team mates after the final out against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 5-2. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 27: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by his team mates after the final out against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 27, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 5-2. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Maybe I’m crazy, but the LA Angels win last night felt…different?

It took a while to figure out, but last night’s win felt bigger than usual, and it’s because, from start to finish, the LA Angels played exactly like the team we had hoped to see much more of this season.

The Angels had a textbook on how to win games in 2019. Billy Eppler and Brad Ausmus had a team that, if they stuck to this guide, would contend for a playoff spot this year. It’s not an overly complicated on the surface, and has three simple steps.

1.) Be Great At the Plate

2.) Good Enough Starting Pitching

3.) Elite Pitching Out of the Bullpen

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The Angels filled every single check mark last night, and it felt phenomenal to watch. Each step is more complicated than it reads, so we’ll dive into just how they performed so adequately last night.

Also, it goes without saying defense is important to this team. That showed last night, as there were three separate line drives towards second base that were all gloved, two by Luis Rengifo and one by Andrelton ending potentially costly innings. Mike Trout also made a beautiful running play in centerfield to help hold the Rangers lead to one run at the time.

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