Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 5/11/12
Forgive the potential hyperbole, but when the Angels open their series against the Rangers at 5:05 PM today, it will either be the beginning of the end to their 2012 season or a bright new beginning to their quest to reconquer the AL West. While the baseball-loving free world would have you believe that the Rangers have already wrapped up their third straight division title, they enter the series seven games ahead of the Angels.  That's a big lead, but should the Halos manage a three-game sweep of Texas, that lead would be whittled down to a perfectly manageable, not at all insurmountable four games.  Yeah, I know, with the way the Angels are playing and the way the Rangers are playing, a Halo sweep of Texas seems unlikely, but that doesn't mean it is impossible. But honestly, it isn't about narrowing the gap in the division, that is just a happy side effect.  What the Angels need this weekend is a series win of any kind and the associated boost in confidence that comes with besting the
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