Saturday, September 10, 2005

Halos Finish Off Sox 10-5

The Angels won their second game in a row over the White Sox 10-5 on Saturday. Building on the momentum of Friday's dramatic 12th inning victory, the Angels have put together a little three game road win streak after dropping their last six away from Anaheim.

The move ensures that the Angels will leave Chicago with at least a piece of first place. The Angels hold a 1 1/2 game lead over Oakland with the A's taking on Texas in Arlington tonight. Tomorrow it will be John Lackey against the White Sox's Orlando Hernandez. It will be tough for the Angels to sweep the Sox but if they can do it then it sends a strong message should the Angels see Chicago in the post-season.

The Angels will now enter the final 21 games of the season where the schedule clearly favors them over Oakland. After finishing the current road trip with three games against Seattle, the Halos open their final homestand of the season with four games against the stumbling Tigers and three against the Rangers. The Angels finish the home set with a three game series against the Devil Rays where the Angels will no doubt look to repay them for the sweep the D-Rays dropped on the Angels in St. Pete.

Then the real fun begins, four games on the road in Oakland that could very likely decide the season followed by a three-game series in Texas to close out the 2005 campaign.

But what about the Athletics schedule you ask? Well the A's will finish their series with the Rangers tomorrow and then head straight to Cleveland for four games starting Monday night against the red-hot Tribe. Cleveland leads the wild-card and no doubt both teams will look at this as a 'playoff atmosphere' match-up. After finishing with the Indians on Wednesday the A's go to Boston to open up another four game series against the AL East leading Red Sox. They fly cross-country back to Oakland on Sunday the 18th to host the Twins on Monday who still have an outside chance at the AL wildcard. Once the Twins series is over the A's will finally get a day off after enduring 13 straight games. After that they get to warm-up against Texas for three before the Angels come to town for the all-important four games Sept. 26 - 29 before closing out their season with three games in Seattle. That means the Athletics have 14 of their next 18 games against teams fighting for the playoffs. The Angels in contrast have just 5 of their next 18 games against teams with legitimate playoff hopes.

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