Under better circumstances, the Angels would be pointing toward their three-game series with the Texas Rangers with a sense of anticipation.
That's probably not how they're feeling right now. Rather than preparing for a head-to-head scrum against their American League West nemesis, the Angels are hopeful they can trim away some of their seven-game deficit and climb out of last place.
Assuming they can avoid the thunderstorms that are anticipated, the Angels and Rangers meet three times in Arlington, Texas, starting Friday night. Most figured it would be the first of several battles between them for the division lead; instead, the Rangers have a solid grasp on first place and the Angels are still trying to reach .500.
That doesn't mean it's a mismatch.
The Angels, who are 7-3 since April 30, will start their three most reliable starting pitchers. None is likely to get booed more than left-hander CJ Wilson, who spent the past seven seasons in Texas before signing a five-year, 7...