I don’t even really know what to call the relationship between the Angels and the Dodgers. You can’t have a rivalry with a team that doesn’t play in your league. And it’s very difficult to have a rivalry with a team that hasn’t been in the win column since the 2015 season.
But there is a little bit extra behind the games where these two teams square off. It’s not like the Dodgers versus Giants or Padres, but there’s something there for sure. This year, the Angels could very well be a playoff team for the first time since 2014.
And there are a lot of reasons for Angels fans to be excited. And as the LA Times Dylan Hernandez argued this week, they could be one of the most exciting teams in all of baseball. Hernandez said that he does believe them to be the ‘most fun’ team to watch in Southern California, meaning not the Dodgers.
“The Angels aren’t the area’s best team — that’s the Dodgers. The Angels aren’t the most popular team — that’s the Dodgers. What the Angels are is Southern California’s most fun team to watch, and it’s not just because they aren’t linked to Trevor Bauer. …They are the region’s best-kept secret in plain view. The Dodgers are more balanced, but the Angels are more explosive. The Dodgers wear down their opponents. The Angels blast away theirs.”
With a team that features Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, there’s a lot to love about the Angels. And sure, maybe the Dodgers arent the electric team that they once were with some stronger personalities on their roster. But they’re methodical about how they approach every at-bat and pitch, and it’s why they have put up a winning record every year since the 2011 season.
No disrespect intended towards the Angels, they are very much an exciting team to watch, and that’s good for the sport. Baseball is so much more fun when teams are actually trying to win ballgames. But the Dodgers lead MLB in runs per game, even if they’re doing it without the longball.
Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts are superstars, but ones that go about it with the all-business mindset. So yes, the Dodgers don’t have an exciting two-way international player or a guy that hits a left-handed homerun in a blowout win. But would you rather have excitement or success?
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