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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Trip To The Maul: Angels 15, Rangers 4

First off, the unexpected Angels' offensive outburst was their highest tally since a 17-8 slugfest against the Orioles on August 16, 2009. It's a pretty staggering thought; yet even after the Angels still have scored fewer runs than the Rangers. The 2010 team didn't score as many all year.

At first, it looked like it might be a pitcher's duel, with both teams tied after three; but then Mark Trumbo homered in the fourth, and the Angels never looked back. With the help of four errors from Texas (three of their 15 runs were unearned), the Angels had their way with the scoreboard. Let's face it, when Maicer Izturis homers, you know the baseball gods are on your side. Ditto Mark Trumbo with four RBIs.

Peter Bourjos — and the bottom of the order — did virtually all of the hitting. Heck, even Vernon Wells had a twofer day.

The Angels are now tied for first. It may be the last time this year, but it's grand, considering how everyone (me included) figured them for a third-place finish.

And lastly — sadly — Brandon Wood was DFA'd to make room for Erick Aybar. Good luck on your new team, Brandon.

Update: I just got done looking at the Trumbo homer, and I was shocked at how many empty seats there were in Arlington.

Update 2: Bill Plunkett of the Register has more about the consequences for Brandon Wood.

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I remain as skeptical as anyone about the Angels and their offense, but this team has enough pitching to stay in the division hunt all year. The Rangers' rotation is filled with question marks: Wilson and Lewis have had exactly one good season each; Matt Harrison doesn't have any track record of success beyond his first three starts this year; Ogando has all of 61 innings of major league experience; and Derek Holland hasn't done well in his limited time. Weaver and Haren are better than anyone Texas has; Wilson and Santana are a tossup. Considering that Kendrys Morales has yet to take a swing this year, and Vernon Wells has done exactly squat, things are looking a lot better for the Halos than they did after the opening series in KC.
I, too, am skeptical still of whether the Angels can win the division this year. But so far this is a very, very fun team to watch.
Yeah, they've been more fun than I thought they would be.

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