Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (71-59) @ Texas Rangers (74-58)
Pitching Probables: LAA -- Dan Haren (13-6, 2.98 ERA) TEX -- Derek Holland (11-5, 2.42. ERA)
Game Info: 5:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
All you can every ask as a fan is that your team has a shot to get into the playoffs at the end of the season. Two weeks ago even the most hardcore of Angel fans had to think the playoff race was over as the Angels were 7 games back and had just been crushed for three straight at home. Even worse, the Rangers (especially that d-bag Ian Kinsler), seemed to be overly enthusiastic about the state of things. But in the words of Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friend"! Now the Angels come into the scorching hell of Arlington with a chance to leave with first place in their pocket.
So the question for tonight's pivotal series opener is what type of line-up does Mike Scioscia put out there. Does he roll with the kids (Trout and Conger) or the vets (Wells, Abreu, Mathis/Wilson). It's not often we can look at one game as a season defining game but that's how this one feels. A win tonight and all of a sudden the Rangers would be in full tilt chaos. A loss and the Angels lose all the momentum they have built up to get back into this thing. So sit back, grab a frosty beverage and get ready for the fireworks.