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On Deck: Los Angeles Angels

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    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Rangers series during the 2015 season. 

    The Opponent: The Angels are coming off a home sweep by the Kansas City Royals and are sporting a 2-4 record after the season's first week.

    Past Meetings: After a few years of dominating the Angels, the Halos returned the favor last season by winning 14 of 19 games against the Rangers.

    Pitching Matchups: Monday — Ross Detwiler (0-1, 10.38 ERA) vs. Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.50); Tuesday — Nick Martinez (1-0, 0.00) vs. Drew Rucinski (0-0, 0.00); Wednesday — TBD vs. TBD

    What's Hot: What a shock, I know. Mike Trout is batting .400 through the team's first six games with a double, a homer and three RBIs. The Angels' bullpen is on a roll, as the unit has yet to allow a single run this season.

    Nick Martinez had a stellar outing in Oakland to open the season, tossing seven shutout innings, and will look to build on it in his home debut on Tuesday. Prince Fielder, though he still hasn't homered, is the team's leading hitter among regulars with a .379 batting average and two doubles to go with his .438 on-base percentage. Though he's made just two starts, Carlos Peguero is on fire, hitting .429. In the bullpen, Shawn Tolleson has tossed four shutout innings already.

    What's Not: As good as the Angels' bullpen has been, the starting rotation has been equally bad, as C.J. Wilson is the best through two starts at a 3.95 ERA. Albert Pujols, despite his two bombs, is hitting just .182 for a lineup that isn't looking much better than the Rangers' one right now.

    Ross Detwiler was awful in his first start, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in less than five innings of work in a 10-0 loss to Oakland. Not many Rangers are finding much luck at the plate yet, as Adrian Beltre, Leonys Martin, Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor are all hitting under .200 at the moment and Jake Smolinski is 0-for-10 in five games.

    Familiar Faces: We all know the Josh Hamilton saga going on right now, and he obviously won't be in attendance to be booed by the Rangers fans, who will also miss out on the chance to boo C.J. Wilson after he struggled against the Royals on Sunday.