W2W4: Rangers vs. Angels
Friday: RHP Matt Garza (3-2, 4.04 ERA) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.35), 9:05 p.m. CT
Saturday: LHP Derek Holland (9-7, 3.07) vs. RHP Garrett Richards (5-6, 4.06), 8:05 p.m.
Sunday: TBA vs. LHP Jason Vargas (8-6, 3.80), 2:35 p.m.
Here's what to watch for in this weekend's series between the Rangers and Angels:
Halos playing spoiler: It used to be that the American League West went through Anaheim, as the Angels dominated the division most of the past decade. Well, as awful as the Angels have been this season, they will have a say in the West race, just not the one they'd like to have. The Halos play seven games against the Rangers and six against the A's down the stretch. Texas has dominated the Angels, going 10-2 against its rival. The A's are 9-4 against the Halos.
Playing better: The Angels have picked up their play of late, winning 10 of their past 13 games. They are pitching well. The Halos have the best ERA in the big leagues since Aug. 22, posting a 2.53 mark. The Angels have had 12 quality starts in their past 15 games.
|Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss what the Rangers need to do to grind out the AL West, what he sees when he looks at Yu Darvish right now and a lot more.
Trout rolls on: Mike Trout always strikes fear in opponents. Trout is batting .370 since the All-Star break, the best in baseball. He is the youngest player in major league history to post two seasons of 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases. This is the fourth season by an Angel with 20-plus homers and 30-plus steals. Bobby Bonds did it in 1977 and Devon White in 1987.
Angels' pen: The last time the Rangers saw the Angels, they had three walk-off wins as they completely demoralized the Halos' bullpen. It's still a disaster area. Angel relievers are 18-22 with a 4.26 ERA, ranking them 13th in the American League. They have 15 blown saves.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.