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The Los Angeles Angels pulled out all the stops over the weekend in Arlington, starting both Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver on short rest against the Texas Rangers, but it didn't quite payoff as they hoped. Texas won two of three games and widened their lead over the Angels to three games in the American League West. The Halos face an uphill battle with 29 games remaining.
The good news for the Angels is that they trail Texas by only two in the loss column, but the bad news is that Texas has two fewer games remaining than the Angels, meaning five days off instead of three. These two teams battle in Anaheim for the final three games of the season, and the next four weeks will determine whether or not those games matter.
The Angels have 15 home games remaining and 14 road contests left, compared to 12 home games and 15 road games left for Texas.
Before their final three games with Texas, the Angels play just one team with a winning record, as the Halos host the Yankees from September 9-11.
The Rangers still have to play six games against the Rays (73-59) and three against the Red Sox (82-51). The Angels' best bet to gain ground might be in the next 10 days, as the Rangers play nine games against Tampa Bay and Boston while the Angels battle the Mariners (56-76) and Twins (56-77) for 10 contests.
The Rangers host the Indians (65-65) for three games, contrasting the Angels traveling to Toronto (66-67) for four games.
Both the Angels and Rangers play two more series each against Seattle and Oakland, with the Angels having one more game in Seattle, opening a four-game series tonight.
If the Angels start their big three of Weaver, Dan Haren, and Santana on regular four days rest the remainder of the season, those three will start 18 of the final 29 games for the Angels. The Halos are 46-34 in games started by those three pitchers this season, and 26-27 in games started by everyone else.
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This past week has not been kind to the Los Angeles Angels (67-59), who sit six games back of the Texas Rangers (73-53) in the AL West. The Rangers increased their lead in the division over the past seven days with six wins in seven contests, including three of four games against the Angels. The Angels, meanwhile, lost five of their seven games.
The Angels, however, have snapped a five-game losing streak and are currently riding a two-game winning streak. This weekend, they play two games against the Baltimore Orioles (47-75), who have lost six of their last eight and three straight overall. The Rangers take on the Chicago White Sox (61-63), who are riding a three-game losing streak of their own.
In tonight's game against the Orioles, the Angels will put Joel Piniero (5-6) on the mound against Tommy Hunter (2-2). The series will conclude on Sunday when new pitcher Jerome Williams (0-0), who was recently called up from Triple-A Salt Lake, will start against Baltimore's Brian Matusz (1-5).
The Angels will need to build on their two-game winning streak against the Orioles this weekend in order to keep up with the Rangers. The Angels, however, will get a shot to really make up some ground in the AL West when the two teams meet up again for a three-day series beginning next Friday. Let's hope that the Angels are riding an even bigger winning streak by the time that the Angels-Rangers series rolls around.