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C.J. Wilson took the Rangers to the World Series and will try to do the same with LA.
It takes so much to reach the World Series once, yet the Rangers managed it in back-to-back years. After missing a championship by one strike in 2011, the Rangers were unable to repeat in 2012, losing the division and ultimately the wild card.
Inevitably, players leave and that unique playoff chemistry is disrupted.
The Rangers found that out with C.J. Wilson, who signed with the Angels in free agency. Colby Lewis took Wilson’s place, but was injured for a good part of 2012.
In fact, since their second pennant, the Rangers have lost Wilson, traded Michael Young to the Phillies and are now facing the potential loss of Josh Hamilton.
While Nolan Ryan has still managed to put a quality rotation together with Lewis, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish, the health of these starters will be the key to their success moving forward.
Still, while players migrate out of Texas, the Angels have seen an influx of talent.
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols should make for a dynamic top of the lineup in their second year together. The Angels also traded for Tommy Hanson to join a rotation already anchored by Wilson and Jered Weaver.
At the back end of the bullpen, L.A. took a risk by signing Ryan Madson (who is coming off Tommy John surgery) to close out games.