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May 26, 2011

Angels Knocking on the Rangers Door

by @ 5:15 pm. Filed under 2011 Angels

The past couple of weeks, nobody in the AL West has made a move except for the Mariners and while there are still some tight divisions, none of them has just a 2 1/2 game seperation between first and last place.  The Angels sit at 26-26 and that’s good for second place, just one game back of the Rangers.  The loss to the A’s this afternoon didn’t help.  Oddly, the Angels are exactly .500 at both home and on the road.

Howie Kendrick just hit the disabled list and that’s going to hurt because he was finally looking like the batting title contendor that a lot of people thought he’d be.  Torii Hunter is only hitting .240 but he’s managed to be productive.  Erick Aybar is off to a nice start this season too and he’s seeing more time.

Pitching is what this team is about.  Jered Weaver and Dan Haren are both going to be Cy Young contenders and Ervin Santana has been solid as well.  Weaver has cooled off a bit after that hot start and while he’s lost four straight, he’s hardly been awful.  But these three guys are a big reason the Angels have the second best ERA in the American League.

Next up for the Angels are a struggling Twins team.  Hopefully they continue to struggle and the Angels can come out of that series with a few wins.

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