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Oakland 21-21
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Texas will win this division by at least 12 games. I can't see any of the other three teams challenging the Rangers for the division crown. The surprise is how bad the Angels and Pujols are.  

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Agree with it all.  Sadly.

Hope we are both wrong, but I doubt it.

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The Rangers are probably the best team in the A.L.

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Angels are the biggest flops in baseball this year.

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Benlen wrote: Angels are the biggest flops in baseball this year.
As much as it pains me to say it, I agree.  I honestly think Scioscia is the best manager in baseball, but this start makes me rethink all that.

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...and we don't usually hit our stride till June.

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Alot can happen and it's a long season but the Rangers are the best team in baseball that I have seen this year

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thunderbolt wrote:
Benlen wrote: Angels are the biggest flops in baseball this year.
As much as it pains me to say it, I agree.  I honestly think Scioscia is the best manager in baseball, but this start makes me rethink all that.


Boston, Philly, Yankees, Angels-big payrolls and all in last place. It's the year of the "changing of the guard".

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srossi wrote:
The Rangers are probably the best team in the A.L.

The best in MLB barring injuries.

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Angels making a run. Don't think they can catch the Rangers but they will contend for a Wild Card spot.

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clawmaster wrote: Angels making a run. Don't think they can catch the Rangers but they will contend for a Wild Card spot.


 

Pujols will have to catch on fire for the Angels to contend.
Having said that, no team can win with that stiff, Vernon Wells.
Just ask the blue jays.

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Signs of life from the Angels.  Well, at least they have a pulse.  I think the series starting tonight against the Yankees will tell a lot.

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Jered Weaver left the game with a back injury.

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clawmaster wrote: Jered Weaver left the game with a back injury.
 
On the upside, the Angels seem to have found their bats.  Obviously, I am hoping Weaver is fine and this is just a speedbump.

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thunderbolt wrote: clawmaster wrote: Jered Weaver left the game with a back injury.
 
On the upside, the Angels seem to have found their bats.  Obviously, I am hoping Weaver is fine and this is just a speedbump.

Didn't see the game last night but I think Hughes started so you have to grade on a curve.  :)

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srossi wrote: thunderbolt wrote: clawmaster wrote: Jered Weaver left the game with a back injury.
 
On the upside, the Angels seem to have found their bats.  Obviously, I am hoping Weaver is fine and this is just a speedbump.

Didn't see the game last night but I think Hughes started so you have to grade on a curve.  :)

There is always that, but having to go to the bullpen in the first sort of balances that out.  Great game whatever the case.  Let's see what happens next

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Took 2/3 from Yankees.  Rangers coming to town.  Hope springs eternal.

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Angels take first two from the Rangers to pull within 2.5 in the West. 

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Angels take first two from the Rangers to pull within 2.5 in the West. 


I predicted they'd win the west at the beginning of the year in the annual bet my friend and I make. Given that I also took the Yankees (what can I say, I'm a homer!), I threw the $20 down on the table a few weeks ago and conceded.

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Rangers salvage the series with a 7-3 win.

Despite sucking the last two weeks, we still have the best record in the AL.

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Rangers salvage the series with a 7-3 win.

Despite sucking the last two weeks, we still have the best record in the AL.

The Rangers will spend the entire week in the Bay Area.
Oakland will be 60% empty and then see sold out games vs the Giants.

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Rangers    40-27
Angels       36-31  4
Athletics    31 36  9
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We're dealing with some pitching injuries, but some kid from AA pitched well on Saturday (7 strikeouts, no walks in 6 innings), and Roy Oswalt will join the team soon.

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The Angels have six quality pitchers to fill a five man rotation once Weaver comes back.  Not a bad problem to have, but some offense would be nice....

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The good news:  Since April 28, the Angels have the best record in MLB, statistically 20 year old Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, Jerrod Weaver is back and won last night, Mark Trumbo is proving to be a total young stud, Whatshisnamer from St. Louis has added 80+ points to his average and is hitting well, middle infield gelling, relief pitching no longer the worst ever.

The bad news:  Rangers winning at same clip and they are anything but a fluke.  Wildcard not likely to come out of AL West absent multiple collapses in the AL East.  Lots of season left.

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thunderbolt wrote: Lots of season left.

This. Glad Weaver is back.

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Oswalt sharp in 1st start of the season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Roy Oswalt pitched efficiently into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and the Texas Rangers won their seventh straight, beating the slumping Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Friday night.

Oswalt (1-0) allowed one run and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 27. The 34-year-old pitched with Philadelphia last season and signed with the Rangers on May 29.

Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli both homered for Texas, which improved to a major-league best 13-3 in interleague play.

Christian Friedrich (4-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings for the Rockies, who have lost 13 of 15.

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Rangers     45 - 28
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Athletics    35 -  38  10
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The Angels need Josh Hamilton to fall off the wagon.

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I miss the good old days when you could bank on the Rangers turning to shit in July and August in the Texas heat.   Kinda hoping that might still be the case.

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thunderbolt wrote:
I miss the good old days when you could bank on the Rangers turning to shit in July and August in the Texas heat.   Kinda hoping that might still be the case.


Getting killed by Detroit tonight. Pitching injuries (and Hamilton's slump) are catching up with us.

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I will stand corrected that the wildcard may come from the West after all.  Still hoping Buddy's Rangers start losing at a mortal clip, but thrilled at how the Angels have played since April 28.

And I will say this again, 20 year old Mike Trout is not just a phenom, he is the best all around player in MLB based on performance thus far.


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standings at the All-Star break

Rangers   52-34
Angels      48-38   4
Athletics   43-43   9
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Rangers 54-35
Angels 49-41
Athletics 46-43
Mariners 38-53

Rangers look to have it wrapped up. Angels probably going to be one of the Wild Cards.

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Rangers 54-35
Angels 49-41
Athletics 46-43
Mariners 38-53

Rangers look to have it wrapped up. Angels probably going to be one of the Wild Cards.

The A's crawled back into the wildcard race. Only a half game back. They got tons of young pitchers they can trade for bats.

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Benlen was right about Oakland. They just swept the Yankees. Baseball is a funny game. You just never know sometimes.

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Rangers  56-38
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Not sure I mentioned this before now, but Jered Weaver is a fucking stud, 20 year old Mike Trout is the best player in all of MLB and Albert Pujols is really starting to earn his money.    I may feel different tomorrow, but not by much.

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Huge come back by the Rangers to beat The Angels.

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clawmaster wrote: Huge come back by the Rangers to beat The Angels.
Chris Rose on MLB Network had the line of the night last night when Josh Hamilton was at the plate for the 3rd time, when he said "and here is an automatic out for the Angels, Josh Hamilton at the plate" and right when the other guy started to say something to counter Rose, Hamilton hit a weak grounder to Second base

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Monday morning standings Aug. 13

 

 

Rangers   67-46
Athletics  61-53    6 1/2
Angels     60-55    8
Mariners  53-63   15 1/2



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And as the Angels sink slowly into the West......

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thunderbolt wrote:
And as the Angels sink slowly into the West......

The Angels ,to me, lack a bullpen.

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Benlen wrote:
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And as the Angels sink slowly into the West......

The Angels ,to me, lack a bullpen.

The entire pitching staff for the Angels is collapsing. So far 126 runs given up in the month of August in 17 games. Pujols and Trout can't make up the difference the pitching staff surrenders.

They are screwed.

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Benlen wrote: Benlen wrote:
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And as the Angels sink slowly into the West......

The Angels ,to me, lack a bullpen.

The entire pitching staff for the Angels is collapsing. So far 126 runs given up in the month of August in 17 games. Pujols and Trout can't make up the difference the pitching staff surrenders.

They are screwed.
I agree.  What kills me is that of that massive amount of runs given up, roughly 40% were given up with two outs. 

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Monday morning standings Aug. 20

 

Rangers   70-50
Athletics  65-55    5
Angels     62-60    9
Mariners   58-64   13



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Monday morning standings Aug. 27

 

Rangers   75-52
Athletics  69-57     5  1/2
Angels     66-62     9  1/2
Mariners   61-67   14 1/2









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Rangers 79-54
Athletics 76-57
Angels 71-63
Mariners 65-70


I'm worried about the A's, they've been scary good lately.

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Angels sweep A's but Jered Weaver is hurt again.

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Monday morning standings Sept. 10

Rangers   83-57
Athletics  79-60     3  1/2
Angels     77-63     6
Mariners   67-74   16 1/2




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Monday morning standings Sept. 10

Rangers   83-57
Athletics  79-60     3  1/2
Angels     77-63     6
Mariners   67-74   16 1/2





Rangers better watch their asses. Last 10 games they have 7 games vs the A's

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Monday morning standings Sept. 17


Rangers   87-59
Athletics  84-62     3 
Angels     80-67     7 1/2
Mariners   70-77   17 1/2





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Monday morning standings Sept. 24


Rangers   90-62
Athletics  86-66     4 
Angels     84-69     6 1/2
Mariners   72-81   18 1/2




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Monday morning standings Sept. 24


Rangers   90-62
Athletics  86-66     4 
Angels     84-69     6 1/2
Mariners   72-81   18 1/2






Our magic number is 7, can clinch with a sweep of Oakland.

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Monday morning standings Oct. 01

Rangers   93-66
Athletics  91-68     2 
Angels     88-71     5



Rangers in the playoffs

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After 161 games the A's and Rangers are tied . Winner wins divison loser becomes wildcard. A's playing at an unbelievable pace..680 since June.

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When the A's beat the Rangers last night, they set a major league record.


From Elias: Travis Blackley earned the win for the Athletics in their win over the Rangers. It was Oakland's 53rd win by a rookie pitcher, the most in a season for any team in major-league history.

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lobo316 wrote:
When the A's beat the Rangers last night, they set a major league record.


From Elias: Travis Blackley earned the win for the Athletics in their win over the Rangers. It was Oakland's 53rd win by a rookie pitcher, the most in a season for any team in major-league history.

Blackley has been around. He sucked as a Giant. He was waived twice by them. He was also waived by the A's a few years ago. The A's throwing out that many pitchers was out of necessity. Suspension and injuries forced them to pitch rookies.

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1-0 A's after 1st inning

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lobo316 wrote: 1-0 A's after 1st inning
Texas ties it in top of 3rd

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 A's after 1st inning
Texas ties it in top of 3rd


Texas scores again top of 3rd.

2-1 Texas

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 A's after 1st inning
Texas ties it in top of 3rd


Texas scores again top of 3rd.

2-1 Texas

Now 4-1 Texas, still batting top of 3rd

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 A's after 1st inning
Texas ties it in top of 3rd


Texas scores again top of 3rd.

2-1 Texas

Now 4-1 Texas, still batting top of 3rd


 

5-1 Texas after 2 1/2

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 A's after 1st inning
Texas ties it in top of 3rd


Texas scores again top of 3rd.

2-1 Texas

Now 4-1 Texas, still batting top of 3rd


 

5-1 Texas after 2 1/2

The A's have scored 4 in the bttom of the 4th to tie it. Still batting.

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lobo316 wrote:
lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 A's after 1st inning
Texas ties it in top of 3rd


Texas scores again top of 3rd.

2-1 Texas

Now 4-1 Texas, still batting top of 3rd



 

5-1 Texas after 2 1/2

The A's have scored 4 in the bttom of the 4th to tie it. Still batting.




LOL at Josh Hamilton for butchering a routine flyball. Getting chewed out by Washnigton. His days in Texas might be over.

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