Angels vs. Dodgers: Will there be a freeway series this year?

By Melissa Fowler

With the So Cal professional baseball teams in the heat of the
playoffs, fans are beginning to speculate how a World Series
between the teams would turn out.

The Dodger and Angels have other teams to worry about first
before planning for the World Series, yet fans and experts are
talking of an all west coast fall classic.

Each team made quick work of their first round opponents,
sweeping their series in three games. The Angels overcame their
long time nemeses Boston, while the Dodgers swept St. Louis.

While the coaches for each team are reluctant to look past their
league championship opponents, the possibility of a freeway series
in the big dance is enticing to some of the players. Torii Hunter,
Anaheim Angels centerfielder, recently told reporters that he is
secretly rooting for the Dodgers, because it would be awesome to
have a freeway series with their cross town rivals.

So how would the two teams stack up in the fall classic?

Both teams boast of impressive sluggers. Manny Ramirez has 546
homers in his career. Their homerun leader for the season, Andre
Ethier, has 31 homeruns with a .508 slugging average. Guerrero for
the Angels has 407 lifetime. The Halos home run leader for the
season is Kendry Morales with 34 balls out of the park.

The teams also have impressive pitching staffs, although the
series match up might prove to be problematic for the Weaver
family. Older brother Jeff is a former starter who now pitches
relief out of the Dodgers bullpen, while his younger brother Jered
will be the game 3 starter in the ALCS. The brothers faced off
against each other earlier in the season, Jeff coming away with the
win.

Both the Dodgers and Angels actually shared what is now Dodger
Stadium until 1966, when the Angels moved down interstate 5 to
their current home in Anaheim.

The Freeway World Series would begin and end at Anaheim Stadium,
since the American League was victorious in the All-Star Game back
in July.

The Dodgers have the Phillies to worry about first. They find
themselves down two games to one in the middle of Philadelphia for
games three and four. The Angels have the Yankees standing in their
way, and are down two games to none. The Halos are heading back to
Anaheim hoping for some hometown inspiration.

But in the city of artificial movie magic and manufactured
fantasies, it doesn’t hurt to dream.

Reach Melissa Fowler at: sports@thepolypost.com

Angels vs. Dodgers: Will there be a freeway series this year?

Angels vs. Dodgers: Will there be a freeway series this year?

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