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The glory and allure of the their 2002 World Series run has long faded away, but even though these ain’t your older brother’s Angels, they also ain’t facing your grandpa’s Yankees.Going up 2-1 after a beatdown of Randy Johnson, the Angels are primed to take the series sooner than later, although Saturday’s rainout makes “later” an equally possible option. Jarrod Washburn’s experience three years ago undoubtedly gives him the edge over the talented but untested Shawn Chacon, the last person Yankee fans thought would be pitching meaningful playoff games for them after the offseason acquisitions of Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright and Johnson.

Should the Angels lose, a rested Bartolo Colon – the proven ace they lacked in 2002 – will be ready to pick up the slack in Game 5. The pitching has been vital, but the bigger story is the reawakening of the offense. After a relatively quiet first two games where Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero combined for just one hit the Halos exploded in Game 3, turning ThunderStix from a product into a description.

Entry by Alex Delanian