There are currently eight teams within four games of either American League Wild Card spot. At 44-45 and 2.5 games back, the Angels are one of them and at 41-44 and 3.5 games back, the Rangers are another.

The Rangers have lost seven of their last 10 games and have dropped three consecutive series. The Angels have also struggled recently, having lost their previous two series.

The two teams haven’t met since April when they squared off in three-game sets in each city and split the six games. The Rangers and Angels are as evenly matched as they come, but they have opposite strengths and weaknesses. While the Angels own the fifth-best team ERA in the American League, the Rangers rank 10th. And while the Rangers have scored the third-most runs in the AL, the Angels come in at 12th.

Mike Trout is set to return after the upcoming All-Star break, so the Rangers offer one final test for an Angels team that has survived an injury that was supposed to doom their postseason aspirations. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

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