Season Outlook: Los Angeles Angels

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Yunel Escobar – 3rd baseman
  2. Kole Calhoun – Right Fielder
  3. Mike Trout – Center Fielder
  4. Albert Pujols – Designated Hitter
  5. Luis Valbuena – 1st baseman
  6. Cameron Maybin – Left Fielder
  7. Danny Espinosa – 2nd baseman
  8. Andrelton Simmons – Shortstop
  9. Martin Maldonado – Catcher

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Garrett Richards
  2. Matt Shoemaker
  3. Tyler Skaggs
  4. Ricky Nolasco
  5. Jesse Chavez

Season Outlook:

Despite having the best player in baseball with center fielder Mike Trout, the Angels are still probably not going to be a contender in 2017. We all know that Trout will carry the offense for the most part, but it will be Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun that are key to their offensive success. Pujols is still one of the best players in baseball when healthy and he proved that last season when he hit 31 home runs. He is getting old, but if he can stay healthy then expect him to continue his outstanding career. Calhoun also will probably be a key contributor for the Angels offense as he hit 18 home runs for them in 2017. Los Angeles did improve their lineup with the additions of Danny Espinosa at 2nd base and Cameron Maybin in left field. The Angels offense should be good with Trout and Pujols leading the way, yet they’ll need more from the other position players in order to succeed. Meanwhile, the Angels pitching staff is filled with major uncertainty heading into 2017. Garrett Richards is the team’s best starting pitcher, but there is a question as to whether he will stay healthy or if he’ll be the same pitcher in 2017 after his elbow injury last season. Matt Shoemaker and Tyler Skaggs both have good potential, but they will need to be more consistent for the Angels pitching staff to be good next season. Ricky Nolasco and Jesse Chavez aren’t really good options even at the back of their rotation. The Angels need Richards to stay healthy for the pitching rotation to be successful. However, there will be more pressure on Shoemaker and Skaggs to be much more consistent as well. The Angels have a good setup man in the bullpen with Cam Bedrosian, but other than him they don’t have much else in the bullpen. Huston Street will be the team’s closer despite having a 6.45 ERA in limited action last season. Overall, I think the Angels lineup will be pretty good next season, but it is the pitching rotation that will need to step up in 2017.

Prediction: 4th place in the AL West

mike-trout

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