Sunday Night MLB Preview: Angels at Rangers

Hello, baseball fans, and welcome to the first of College Sports Town’s Sunday Night MLB Previews. Tonight there is an intriguing matchup between divisional rivals the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers.

Pitching Matchup

The starting pitchers are among the best in the AL- Jered Weaver for the Angels and Yu Darvish for the Rangers. Weaver had a solid debut against the potent Cincinnati Reds’ lineup, allowing one run and two hits over six innings in a no-decision outing. He has a 13-7 carrer record against the Rangers, winning four out of five matchups against them last year despite having a 4.70 ERA in those games. On the other side, Darvish had a phenomenal start to his 2013 season, coming thisclose to a perfect game only to allow a comebacker to go past him for a single with two outs in the ninth inning. Although the Astros do obviously not have the same offensive firepower as the Angels, Darvish’s stuff was fearsome last time out. Even the Angels might not be able to hit much off this guy.

Offensive Matchup

The Rangers and the Angels both have lineups filled with great players, many of whom have the potential to ruin these great starters’ outings. The Angels have the bigger names for the most part, with reigning AL ROY Mike Trout, three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols, and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton, who they signed away from the Rangers this past offseason. As I stated in my AL West preview (https://collegesportstown.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/mlb-preview-2013-al-west/), “the Angels have built the best lineup in baseball.” They’ll be trying to prove that tonight. On the other hand, the Rangers’ lineup remains dangerous despite the loss of Hamilton. Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, and new addition Lance Berkman all should be good contributors this year, and will aim to defeat Weaver tonight

Final Breakdown

This game should be a good one! Despite a fairly good outing from Weaver, the Angels cannot produce against Darvish, who continues his hot start. Hamilton continues to struggle this season (1-20 with 10 K’s), and despite Pujols and Mark Trumbo each hitting a home run, the Angels fall to the Rangers and lose the first series of the year between these rivals.

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