Found August 01, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:
Mike Trout (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is a huge battle in the American League West. The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels. This division is heating up. Lets start off with the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers might look like they are in control of the AL West division, but the Los Angeles Angels are right on their tails.  The Rangers are sitting on a very good record at 59-43.  Texas is all about the bats.  They are ranked 3rd overall in runs scored at 507; 2nd overall in batting average at .275; 2nd overall in on base percentage at .338 and 2nd overall in slugging percentage at .442.  With players like Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, this team is a powerhouse.  Not only is their offense good, but so is their starting rotation.  Although their ERA isn’t the greatest, they still have some great pitchers who are getting the job done, including young phenom Yu Darvish and just acquired Ryan Dempster.  Their pitching is a bit of concern though if they want to lock up 1st place in the American League West.  The Texas Rangers have been to the World Series two straight years and still haven’t won in both appearances so they are trying to finally get the job done this year.  This team has the experience, now they just need to execute. Now lets move on to the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are a huge threat in the American League right now.  Los Angeles has the pitching, hitting; they have it all.  The Angels are only 3 games back behind the Rangers, sitting on a very good record as well of 57-47 and look to make a late surge to lock up first place.  They are 3rd overall in batting average and have a stacked line-up, just like the Rangers.  The offense has been great for the Halo’s, with guys like 20-year-old phenom Mike Trout, power hitter Mark Trumbo, and veterans Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols.  Mike Trout is looking like a lock for AL Rookie of the Year and possibly even AL MVP as well.  Trout is batting .353!  But, that’s not all.  They also have an outstanding starting rotation, full of aces.  Opponents have to be a little frightened when seeing that they are going up against pitchers including Jared Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren, and newly acquired Zach Greinke.  This team looks to do some damage right now and in the near future…ton of talent and a ton of potential. Overall, both teams have it all, the pitching, the hitting, the stacked line-ups, the potential, and most importantly, the talent.    

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