When and where: August 20, 2019, Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX, 2:05 PM ET
After knocking off the perennially rebuilding Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels turn their attention to the slumping Texas Rangers. Losing a four-game sweep to the Minnesota Twins was the end result over the weekend for the Rangers, who were already coming off losses to the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays. Joe Palumbo hopes to have a hand in changing the team’s fortunes when he starts on the mound on Tuesday night against an unnamed pitcher for the Angels.
Angels aim for third place
The Angels took a little break over the weekend to enjoy some time with fans at an animal presentation at the Orange County Zoo. It was the calm before what should be a raging storm when they make the trip to Arlington for a four-game series against the Rangers. A recent 6-3 run for the Angels, along with a 2-10 collapse by the Rangers, has third place hanging in the balance in the ensuing series.
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The Angels finished last season fourth in the division with an 80-82 record, which was the exact same record they had when they placed second in 2017. However, the level of competition has steadily increased in the AL West with the sudden improvements made by the Oakland Athletics and the sustained dominance from the Houston Astros.
A season marred by tragedy and overall struggles leads to hope of as strong a finish as possible for the Angels, who currently sit in third place with a 62-64 record.
The Angels have yet to name a starting pitcher for the evening game in Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Rangers continue to go in the other direction
A season of hope has quickly turned into a season of misery for the Rangers.
It’s a common theme when fans are hoodwinked into believing an overachieving team can sustain that effort over the course of an entire MLB season. While the Rangers looked like the team of destiny earlier in the season, the inevitability of their situation was always destined to come to light. Such has been the case in the second half of the season with them plummeting all the way to fourth place in the AL West division with a 60-64 record.
Gone are the days when they were eking out upset wins over legitimate playoff contenders. Forget about the time when talking heads pondered if they were an actual threat to the Astros. The Rangers’ front office has willingly accepted the ball club’s fate as another rebuilding team aiming to be better next season, which is indicative of their lack of urgency in adding talent before the trade deadline.
Palumbo hopes to help dig the Rangers out of their persisting slump when he starts at pitcher against the Angels on Tuesday. The New York native is throwing an 11.00 ERA with a 0-1 record in only two career big-league starts. After giving up seven runs to the Cleveland Indians, he looked much better in his second outing against the Minnesota Twins, who he managed to hold scoreless in three innings of action.
- Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Angels are 7-2 in their last 9 Tuesday games.
- Angels are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. American League West.
- Angels are 20-47 in their last 67 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 games on grass.
- Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 home games.