Over the past several years the Texas Rangers have been on top of the division while the Los Angeles Angels struggled. The Angels under achieved over the last 3 years, but this year has been different.
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Last season the Rangers enjoyed playing against the Angels and especially their closer Ernesto Frieri. At one point the Texas Rangers won three in row via the walk off and another one against the Angels when they returned to the ballpark via the walk off. Frieri had a pretty solid year last season with only 4 blown saves out of 41. The Angels parted ways with him this season which means the Rangers favorite 9th inning pitcher wasn’t there to bang up anymore.
Also, last season the Rangers enjoyed playing against their former teammate C.J. Wilson. They saw him 3 times last season shelling him for 22 hits, 13 runs for a 7.02 ERA over 3 games/16.2 innings. This season it seems they figured out not to allow Wilson to pitch against his former team. So far this season they haven’t faced him a single time.
This season it has seemed every meeting between the two teams the Angels have managed to hit the ball and often. Colby Lewis was banged p pretty hard during a game giving up 13 runs (10 earned) over 2.1 innings. During there recent trip to Arlington the Angels have continued to rip the cover all the ball and beat the Rangers.
During the first 2 games of this 3-game home stand that Angels have 17 runs and for the season 87 runs. That’s the most out of any American League west opponent.
The Texas Rangers are currently 3-12 against the Angels this season and it doesn’t look like that will improve much. After a couple of years of under achieving they are finally doing what every one expected. All of those walk-off wins from last year are now forgotten. This year the Angels are on top of the division and are the best club in the majors. Love or hate them, the 2014 Los Angeles Angels are good.