Does anyone actually think the Angels are back
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Does anyone actually think the Angels are back
Posted by Reginald C Perrin on 5/23 at 5:08 pm
The ESPN/MLB Network talking point today seems to be that the Angels are back because they have won 4 straight and they think they will be able to make a run to win the division.

I disagree here... this is not the 2005 Astros that started 15-30 and made the World Series. That Astros team had pitching which the Angels do not have. And the Angels do not have anyone in the farm system they could deal at the deadline should they for some reason decide to be buyers at the deadline.

To get to 94 wins(which won the division last year) they need to play .650 ball the rest of the way... not happening with that staff



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Posted by Ysebaert on 5/23 at 5:39 pm to Reginald C Perrin
No. They at least need to be above .500 by the break for me believe they have a chance. Winning 4 games in a row is nice but they have to keep it going.


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Posted by GynoSandberg on 5/23 at 5:41 pm to Reginald C Perrin
So you're saying they need some steroids huh?


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Posted by motorbreath on 5/23 at 5:53 pm to Reginald C Perrin
I don't care as long as Hamilton gets going. My fantasy team needs home runs.


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Posted by Rohan2Reed on 5/23 at 6:00 pm to Reginald C Perrin
They have a chance but they really need Hamilton and Pujols to get hot and stay hot for a while. Trout can get on base all he wants but somebody has to drive runners in.


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Posted by Lester Earl on 5/23 at 6:09 pm to Reginald C Perrin
It's a weak division with Oakland, Seattle and Houston. There's a chance


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Posted by Bluegrass_Cat on 5/23 at 8:30 pm to Lester Earl
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It's a weak division with Oakland, Seattle and Houston. There's a chance



Weak? I feel like if Seattle can maintain at record of 10 games of under .500 or closer, and if Oakland, Texas, and LAA are all battling for the top spot then the AL West is a hell of a division honestly.



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Posted by Ysebaert on 5/23 at 10:34 pm to Bluegrass_Cat
Bumped for 5 in a row.


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Posted by Ysebaert on 5/23 at 10:35 pm to Bluegrass_Cat
Bumped for 5 in a row.


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Posted by LSUzealot on 5/24 at 6:27 am to Ysebaert
They're only 10 games out of first.

Weren't the cardinals 9 games out of first on August 1 and won the WS?

Tons of baseball left the season isn't barely 1/4 of the way complete.



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Posted by TK421 on 5/24 at 8:27 am to LSUzealot
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They're only 10 games out of first


If the team at the top of their division didn't look as good as the Ranger's do, they would have reason for optimism. As it stands, they would need the Rangers to go through an extended drought to have a chance.

Consider this, the Rangers have not lost a single away series this year and have not lost more than two games in a row yet. This is with two rookie starters in the rotation.



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Posted by DEANintheYAY on 5/24 at 10:21 am to TK421
Your last point is why they could have issues. Also we know that they have some injury prone players, Cruz for example.


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Posted by WDE24 on 5/24 at 10:25 am to TK421
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Consider this, the Rangers have not lost a single away series this year and have not lost more than two games in a row yet. This is with two rookie starters in the rotation.
All reasons to believe that they will not be able to keep that up for an entire season. If the Angels stay healthy and get some better production from their starters, they will close the gap by then end of the summer to make the division competitive.



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Posted by GynoSandberg on 5/24 at 10:29 am to TK421
They have 13 games left vs TEX too


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Posted by TK421 on 5/24 at 10:31 am to DEANintheYAY
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Your last point is why they could have issues.


Right, but the Rangers will be getting their regular starters back in the next month.

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Also we know that they have some injury prone players, Cruz for example.


True, but compare him to the Angels current right fielder in this regard and its a wash.



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Posted by WDE24 on 5/24 at 10:32 am to Bluegrass_Cat
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Weak?
Probably the weakest in baseball.



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Posted by 9Fiddy on 5/24 at 11:10 am to WDE24
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All reasons to believe that they will not be able to keep that up for an entire season.

You are aware those rookie starters are not permenantly in the rotation, right?



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Posted by GeauxAggie972 on 5/24 at 11:17 am to WDE24
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All reasons to believe that they will not be able to keep that up for an entire season


Pitchers currently on the DL:

Ogando - Only 15-day
Perez - Makes his debut against Arizona
Colby Lewis - Should be back in the next two weeks
Soria - Should be back after the all-star break
Feliz - Same as Soria

That dominant bullpen that the Rangers currently have could get quite nasty when Soria and Feliz return



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Posted by jcole4lsu on 5/24 at 11:19 am to WDE24
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All reasons to believe that they will not be able to keep that up for an entire season. If the Angels stay healthy and get some better production from their starters, they will close the gap by then end of the summer to make the division competitive.

the rangers pitching staff is the equivalent of chewing gum and bailing wire right now and they have the best record in the AL - but yeah no reason to think the Angels wont come over take them



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Posted by 9Fiddy on 5/24 at 11:23 am to GeauxAggie972
Right now, the Rangers are on pace for 103 wins. Factoring in slumps, which we all know will happen, and other injuries, I think 90 wins would be the low end of what they will end up with.

That means to get to 91 wins, the Halos have to be 71-44 (.617) at a minimum from now, until the end of the year. That is not factoring in if Oakland gets hot and puts up 90+ wins too.

It's doable, but I'd put the odds at 20:1 right now.



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