Angels Blank Rangers, 2-0

It wasn’t exactly pretty, but at this time of the season, especially against the closest team to them in the standings, the Angels will take it.  Scott Kazmir was a bulldog on Friday night, going 6 shutout innings, and picked up his first win with the team since coming over from Tampa Bay.  Despite this only being Kazmir’s first victory, he has been a man of quality each time he has taken the hill thus far.

Granted, the Angels are taking on a Ranger team who hasn’t scored since the Eisenhower administration it seems like.  They (the Rangers) had their chances, but Kazmir, followed with excellent relief from Jason Bulger, Mr. Consistency Kevin Jepsen in particular and Brian Fuentes kept the Rangers off of the scoreboard.  If this note my statistician handed me is correct, the Rangers have been shut out 4 times now in their past 5 games – which is quite possibly the biggest slump in the history of these normally offensively sound Texas Rangers.  To be blunt, my 96 year old grandfather is scoring more than the Rangers these days.. Who would have thought the Rangers problem at this point in the season would have been hitting rather than pitching?  The pitching, to the Rangers credit, is as good as I’ve seen in many, many years.  It remains to be seen, in the offseason, if the Rangers have the testicular fortitude in the form of money to go out and get the missing pieces needed to overtake the Halos next year, as this year, as the beloved Chick Hearn would say, is over. The jello is certainly jiggling. 

The Angels now have a comfortable 7 1/2 game lead in the division.  The next series, when the club returns home, will be against the Yankees and will go a long way to see who will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  Should be interesting.

Let’s see if the Angels can add to the Rangers woes with another shutout today as Jered Weaver takes the hill.  Boy, it sure is nice when you have 5 better than average starters to rely on each and every day. 

Until next time Angel fans. 

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2 comments

  1. southernbelle

    Matt: I’m not looking forward to thar Yankee-Angels series. The Angels put me in a bad mood….they always beat up on my boys….and I get cranky when that happens….hopefully, for my sake and the sake of everyone around me, the Yanks can change that trend and beat the Halos! -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  2. Jonestein

    On Sept 13 in between the Rangers doubleheader with Seattle, someone body-snatched my 2009 Rangers and replaced them with the ’64 Washington Senators. That’s the only explanation I can come up with. Good luck to your boys in the playoffs!
    –Jonestein
    http://jonestein.mlblogs.com

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