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A.L. West - Watch Out ! Here Come The Angels

Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:10 am
 
As of this writng, the Texas Rangers are losing their grip on the A.L. West lead. They have just been demolished by the Boston Red Sox for the second straight game. Rangers manager Ron Washington has made statements to the effect that "I don't watch the scoreboard until mid- September." Manager Ron may want to rethink his stance. Why? No one really has to ask. That noise that you hear is not a hurricane blowing up the East Coast of the USA, it's a freight train named the Anaheim Angels. They have roared back from a seven game deficit, where a great number of observers had them giving up the chase and looking toward 2012. Mike Scioscia, Jered Weaver, Jordan Walden and company are having different thoughts. They have just finished whipping up on the Chicago White Sox (what will Ozzie Guillen have to say about that?) and have a golden opportunity to further demoralize the Rangers during their upcoming weekend series in Arlington. As I stated earlier, do the Rangers want to win the A.L. West? Their pitching has been shaky for the last week, as the Angels have gone on a six game winning streak. Pennants are not won in August, but a team can go a long way toward losing one during the dog days of 100 plus degree heat in Texas. Ron, you better start paying attention to the scoreboard. Nolan Ryan won't be happy if the division is lost after blowing a lead after all those personnel moves.


Questions:


Does anyone really think the Padres' Heath Bell is going to the Giants?


Speaking of the Giants, how is the Carlos Beltran trade looking right now? He hit one out of the park! What else has he done?


Who do the Washington Nationals think they are? Blowing off Prince Fielder before free agency starts? Yeah, he had every intention of playing in the nation's capital.... 
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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:37 am
 

A.L. West - Watch Out ! Here Come The Angels

As of this writng, the Texas are losing their grip on the A.L. West lead. They have just been demolished by the Boston for the second straight game. Rangers manager Ron Washington has made statements to the effect that "I don't watch the scoreboard until mid- September." Manager Ron may want to rethink his stance. Why? No one really has to ask. That noise that you hear is not a hurricane blowing up the East Coast of the USA, it's a freight train named the Anaheim Angels. They have roared back from a seven game deficit, where a great number of observers had them giving up the chase and looking toward 2012. Mike Scioscia, ,  and company are having different thoughts. They have just finished whipping up on the Chicago (what will Ozzie Guillen have to say about that?) and have a golden opportunity to further demoralize the Rangers during their upcoming weekend series in Arlington. As I stated earlier, do the Rangers want to win the A.L. West? Their pitching has been shaky for the last week, as the have gone on a six game winning streak. Pennants are not won in August, but a team can go a long way toward losing one during the dog days of 100 plus degree heat in Texas. Ron, you better start paying attention to the scoreboard. Nolan Ryan won't be happy if the division is lost after blowing a lead after all those personnel moves.
The pressure is actually on the Los Angeles Angels as evidenced by their moving up Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver to pitch on short rest. This could very well be the Angels last best chance to get back in the A.L. West race because after this weekend's series they do not play the Rangers head-to-head agai
n until the last series of the season. The race could be over at that point.

Questions:


Does anyone really think the ' is going to the ?
I am obviously addressing this question well after the fact that the Giants and Padres could not work out a deal. With that said I don't see Heath Bell going anywhere now. The wildcard in both leagues seem to have solid sizeable leads and the teams with legittimate shots for the division titles all have reliable closers, so the market for Bell has for all intent and purposes dried up. If he moves it will be in the offseason in free agency.

Speaking of the Giants, how is the trade looking right now? He hit one out of the park! What else has he done?
If you are a Mets fan the Carlos Beltran trade is looking good. If you are a Giants fan the trade is not looking so good. Next weekend's series against the Arizona Diamondbacks will determine if he will be the Impact Player that carries the Giants to another division title and can be counted on in the post-season or someone they can let walk as a free agent in the offseason.

Who do the Washington think they are? Blowing off before free agency starts? Yeah, he had every intention of playing in the nation's capital.... 
The Nationals really can't be faulted because they are still feeling the sting of throwing all of that money at Jayson Werth and getting very little in return from him. I can under their being gun shy about pursuing Prince Fielder or any big ticket free agent for that matter.



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