Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 7/5/12
Coming into 2012, the Angels’ big offseason had many people, like myself, expecting them to challenge the two-time American League Champion Texas Rangers in the AL West. To be honest, I actually picked the Angels to overtake them in the division. Yet after a very slow start, the uphill battle became very steep for the Angels. They have gotten close to the Rangers at times, but for the most part have sat tight in 2nd place. C.J. Wilson has not disappointed since moving from Texas to LA. (Photo courtesy USA Today) Currently holding a very respectable 45-37 record, Los Angeles is five games behind the dominant Rangers, who have the best record in the MLB. We all know they’ll be tough to catch, but a five-game gap is not out of reach. Realistically, that could be made up for with a hot week and a half, or so. So, let’s delve right into it. Angels: Contenders or Pretenders? I do see the Angels as contenders because they’re the only good team in their division besides the Rangers. With the
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