Rangers-Angels: Expectations For the Season's Biggest Series
Where would the Rangers be without former Angels Darren Oliver and Vladimir Guerrero?
Tonight in California the Rangers try to validate their unprecedented hot start in a three-game series against the team that has owned them and their AL West division the past decade. Are the Rangers real, or fake?
What will happen? What needs to happen?
Game 1: Scott Feldman vs. Joel Pineiro
Game 2: Omar Beltre vs. Scott Kazmir
Game 3: C.J. Wilson vs. Jered Weaver
The fact that the Rangers are giving Beltre his Major League debut seems to diminish the vital importance of the series. I'll get more into Beltre manana, but inserting him into the rotation to give Colby Lewis an extra couple days' rest tells the Angels that the Rangers view success down the road more importantly than success on Wednesday night.
And that's a good thing, right? Or does it mean the Angels will be the more desperate - and, therefore, more motivated and successful - team this week?
The Rangers arrive in Anaheim having won 13 of 14. Do they need to take two of three to keep your confidence?