The Battle for So Cal Begins…

Angels v Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What could be better?

Unlike the grumblings of baseball purists, I’ve been a big fan of interleague play ever since it was introduced in 1997. Interleague allows fans to see matchups between teams that would never face each other outside of the World Series…why anyone would be against that is beyond me. Furthermore, its led to the creation of several “freeway series,” Angels-Dodgers, A’s-Giants, Yankees-Mets, White Sox-Cubs. With a season of 162 games its important to mix in some variety rather than see the same games season after season. The NBA, NFL and NHL all play regular season interleague games. It’s time for all baseball fans to embrace interleague.

On to the main subject, the Angels begin a three game series against the Dodger in Chavez Ravine this weekend. Each game has a very interesting pitching matchup:

Friday: Clayton Kershaw v Jered Weaver

Saturday: Randy Wolf v John Lackey

Sunday: Chad Billingsley v Matt Palmer

Last year, we split the season series three games apiece as each team won 2 of 3 on their home field. I went to two of the games at Angel Stadium and got to see us win both times and also attended a game at Dodger Stadium and got to see history be made. At the game the Dodgers won 1-0 despite being held hitless as Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined for the no-hitter.

In the 5th inning, Matt Kemp hit a weak grounder back to the pitcher but was safe on the throwing error by Weaver. Kemp then stole second and advanced to third on another error by Jeff Mathis. He would eventually score on a sacrifice fly.

Leaving the stadium I was heckled unmercifully by Dodger fans who couldnt believe the won without a hit and as bad as I wanted to respond to their comments I relented for fear of being stabbed (yeah, thats a cheap shot).

Were coming into the series struggling this season, but with our team finally getting healthy were poised to make a run a take over first place in the AL West. The Dodgers on the other hand own the best record in baseball and, despite struggling early, have been playing great without Manny.

However, I am confident that we can win in Dodger Stadium and prove that despite the record we are the better team…..GO ANGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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One comment

  1. luckylori

    On paper the Dodgers may have the advantage but I’m with you…I just have a feeling the Angels will do well. You can’t forget that 6/28/08 ZERO hits Dodger win either? Ugh…! That was awful! I’d like to see Weaver get his revenge. And I’m totally looking forward to the Palmer vs. Billingsley match-up. That should be a great game! Go Angels!
    Lori
    http://luckylori.mlblogs.com

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