It's hard to imagine the Rangers having any fireworks left for the Angels.
Five days after sweeping them at Rangers Ballpark with three consecutive walk-off hits, the Rangers travel to Anaheim for another three-game series against the Halos.
It was all Texas in last week's series, as the Rangers joined the 1999 Expos as the only teams in Major League history to record three straight walk-off wins. Those three victories were just the latest for the Rangers against their American League West rival this year, as Texas leads the season series, 7-2.
The Angels felt no ill effects from those losses, however, rebounding to win three of four games against the Blue Jays to open their homestand. Although those victories were nice, this season hasn't gone as expected for manager Mike Scioscia's club.
"This year, more so than any other year we've been here, the template was to gravitate toward a more batter's box offense, and some guys have struggled along those lines," Scioscia said. "You've seen the double plays up. You've seen us not have opportunities to put guys in motion as much. Maybe the team speed isn't quite what it was before, but I think the foundation of our organization has always been pitching and defense, and we desperately need to get more in line with that."
The Angels face a good young arm Monday in Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Perez worked a career-high 7 1/3 innings on Wednesday against the Angels, allowing only one run on four hits in a no-decision. He'll face them for the second straight time Monday.
"I just need to command the baseball and throw strikes," Perez said. "Just like the last time, nothing different, use all my pitches."
Perez's last outing came after a series of struggles, as he was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his three previous starts.
"I was more relaxed," Perez said. "I wasn't thinking too much and I took a deep breath before I would make a pitch. Just throw the ball, don't think too much and have a good tempo."
Rangers: Drive 'em in, Adrian
Third baseman Adrian Beltre has driven in a run in five of his last six games after going his previous six contests without an RBI.
• Second baseman Ian Kinsler is the seventh player in club history with at least seven seasons of at least 10 home runs.
• The Rangers are amidst a 10-game, 11-day road trip, the club's longest of the season in terms of both games and days, but they won't face a team that is currently above .500 until they return to Oakland on Sept. 2.
Angels: Williams on the hill
Right-hander Jerome Williams takes the mound Monday looking to match his last outing against the Rangers on Wednesday, when he tossed 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball for his first quality start in a month.
Williams has a 5.66 career ERA in 12 games (two starts) against the Rangers.
• The double-play combo of second baseman Howie Kendrick (nine games, .316) and shortstop Erick Aybar (six, .375) enter Monday riding hitting streaks.
• Mark Trumbo's homer on Sunday made him the eighth Angels player to hit at least 25 homers in three straight seasons.
• Texas' victory Sunday made manager Ron Washington the winningest manager in Rangers history, with 582.
• Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is 14-for-18 in his last eight games against his former team.
• The Rangers have dropped eight of their last 11 road games.