Around the Halo - Down the stretch they come
Anaheim, CA - The Angels, winners of seven of their last ten ball games head back out on the road after a brief three game sweep/homestand against the Boston Red Sox.
Los Angeles is about to embark on the make or break part of their season. If the Halos are swept by the Seattle Mariners they will be close to last place in the American League West likely putting a Wild Card spot out of reach.
However, the Angels can also gain a lot of ground and take charge of a 2012 season the is quickly running of of time. With 31 games left Mike Scioscia's ballclub will have to take 21 of those games to hit the 90 win mark. A number it will probably take to qualify for the post-season.
With 13 of those games coming against their direct competition, LA can pick up two game swings in the standings if they can defeat Oakland (7 games, 4 @ LAA), Detroit (3 games @ LAA) and Chicago (3 games @ LAA). The schedule also does the Angels a favor with 9 remaining against Seattle and 3 at home against Kansas City. LA and Texas meet up six more times, three home games each.
The schedule certainly lines up well to give the Angels a great shot at coming back and making the MLB playoffs. Their fate is in their own hands.
SEPTEMBER CALL UPS
The Angels are expected to promote the following players when the Major League rosters expand on September 1.
Catchers - Hank Conger, John Hester / LH Pitchers - Nick Maronde, Drew Taylor / Infielder - Andrew Romine
Outfielder Peter Bourjos will be eligible to return from the disabled list on Sept. 3. Left handed reliever Scott Downs is also eligible to come of the MLB Bereavement List
Dan Haren (8-10, 4.82) vs. Kevin Millwood (4-11, 4.28)
Ervin Santana (7-11, 5.45) vs. Felix Hernandez (13-5, 2.43)
Jered Weaver (16-3, 2.85) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 3.40)
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