LA Angels: Could this be the most important stretch of games for Halos?
By Alfonso Cerna
After two unscheduled days off due to COVID-19 protocols, the Angels will (hopefully) take the field on Monday for a three-game series against the Rangers in Anaheim. It might be a good thing the shorthanded Halos got the extra rest, because they are about to endure their toughest stretch of the season so far, and possibly the most difficult of 2021.
Beginning with their series against Texas, the Halos will play 13 straight games against AL West opponents in the next 14 days. Ten of those games will be in a row before the Halos receive a scheduled day off.
Angels Upcoming Schedule:
- April 19-21: vs Rangers
- April 22-25: @ Astros
- April 26-28: vs Rangers
- April 29: No game
- April 30-May 3: @ Mariners
It doesn’t get any easier because after April 29, the Angels will play another 13 straight games without rest. That’s big-league baseball though, other teams will have to deal with it at some point too and the Halos are no exception.
The Angels need to take advantage of their upcoming AL West matchups.
Adding to the importance of the upcoming games is the matchups being against division opponents. Up to this point the Angels have only played two games against AL West teams, splitting a short two-game set against the Astros from April 5-6.
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Right now the Halos sit in second place in the division, 1/2 game behind the surprising Seattle Mariners.
Current AL West Standings
- Mariners (10-6)
- Angels (8-5)
- A’s (9-7)
- Astros (7-8)
- Rangers (7-9)
Sure it’s early, so obviously the Halos could look a lot different between now and the end of the season, but the point is to take care of business against your division rivals now. More often than not, every year there’s some type playoff race decided on the final day of the regular season. Teams who miss out on October by one game could look back in April and pick out a few contests they should have won.
The Halos have finished with a record under .500 within the division for three straight seasons. If they want to win their division in 2021, the need to beat the teams they see the most.
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This stretch of baseball will mark the most consecutive games against AL West teams until September 17 when the Halos will play 16 straight games versus division foes to end the season.