Like it or not, Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver are going to pitch on short rest this series in Texas. My problem with it is that I can't decide if I actually like it or not. I hated the idea at first, then I started to buy into it, but now I think I am leaning towards it being a bad idea. So, forgive me if you will, but I'm going to take this opportunity to try and work this boondoggle out with a good old fashion pro and con list.
PRO: Beating the Rangers is of the utmost importance right now. The Angels are now two games back and have all the momentum, so they should try and capitalize by putting their best players up against Texas to try and continue closing the gap or even taking over the lead altogether.
CON: Why are the Texas games more important than the games afterward? Doing anything to potentially damage Weaver and Santana over the rest of the season for the sake of one series seems like a risk that is not worth taking. Why not let Santana start on full rest at full strength on Sunday and hope Williams or Pineiro can steal a win on Saturday? They might lose that Saturday game, but they have a good chance of losing it too if Santana can't handle the short rest. Keeping the rotation intact also let's Weaver face Seattle, which is a mortal lock of a victory, but Pineiro or Williams isn't, meaning the Angels could be unwittingly sacrificing a game they should win against a bad team for a slightly better chance at winning a tough game.
PRO: Weaver and Santana are workhorses, so they can probably handle the short rest start, especially since it is just once and not a permanent thing. They also had advanced warning about starting on short rest, so they should have no problem adjusting their routines to ready themselves both mentally and physically.