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After losing two of three against the Minnesota Twins, the Halos travel up north to face the Oakland Athletics. Sitting among the bottom of the AL West, do the Angels need to sweep the division leaders?
It seems likes fans can never figure out if they’re giving up or keeping faith; sometimes it seems to be true on the field as well. A four game set in Oakland could put the Angels back into contention or have them saying goodbye to the 2013 season.
We’ve said it before, but this series could prove to be as crucial as they come; after all, it’s not everyday you have the chance to gain four games on the division leader. Yes, winning the AL West is an extreme longshot, especially give then pitching problems the Angels have had.
Joe Blanton, who was slated to pitch Saturday, will not get the nod after he had another poor start against the Twins on Monday in which he only last 3.2 innings. Garrett Richards will be handed the ball to face the Athletics in the 12:05 start Saturday. One could imagine Blanton may have seen his last start in an Angels’ uniform (just speculation).
Do the Angels need to sweep? I’m going out on a limb and saying yes. The outcome of the series will likely play into how Jerry DiPoto and the Angels approach the July 31st Trade Deadline. Even winning the series by taking three of four wouldn’t feel as successful as a sweep would. The Halos will still play the A’s seven times in September, but by then, it may be too late.
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