The Angels retained the consensus best player in baseball, Mike Trout, after yet another disappointing campaign. In the last year of Mike Scioscia’s tenure as manager, the Angels finished 29th in collective batting average (.230) and 24th in collective ERA (5.12) while posting their worst win total since 1999. The Angels went 30-46 against AL West foes last year and may struggle with 40 games in division this season.
The Halos, however, will be skippered by creative manager Joe Maddon in 2020 and they finally have a big bat to protect Trout in the lineup after signing Anthony Rendon to a huge 7-year contract. The Angels bolstered their starting rotation with reliable righties in Dylan Bundy, Julio Teheran, and Matt Andriese. That said, losing Cody Allen won’t help them improve on a bullpen that posted a rough 4.64 ERA last season.
LA may have grabbed some offseason headlines, but the Angels are still considered relative longshots to win the World Series with +3500 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. A $20 bet on the Halos to win it all would profit $700 if successful.
The Angels are getting +1500 odds to win the American League and are listed as +550 underdogs to pass the Athletics and Astros for first place in the AL West. The Angels are projected to win 31.5 games during the shortened season, with -112 odds for the Over or Under at DK.
Trout is the only player to finish in the top two in MVP voting in seven of eight seasons, and he’s the favorite to win the award again this year with +200 odds at DK. One thing to keep in mind with Trout, however, is that he will likely miss a chunk of games with his wife pregnant and due to give birth to the couple’s first child in August.
Trout is also tied with Joey Gallo with +1000 odds to lead the Majors in home runs and trails only Mookie Betts (+750) with +850 odds to lead MLB in runs scored. Trout is also a favorite to lead the Majors in RBI with +1500 odds and Rendon isn’t far behind with +2500 odds.
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LA Angels betting breakdown
2019 Record: 72-90
Key losses: RHP Cody Allen, 1B Justin Bour, RHP Trevor Cahill, RF Kole Calhoun, RHP Matt Harvey, C Kevan Smith
Key additions: RHP Matt Andriese, RHP Dylan Bundy, C Jason Castro, 3B Anthony Rendon, RHP Julio Teheran
1. 2B Tommy La Stella (R)
2. CF Mike Trout (R)
3. 3B Anthony Rendon (R)
4. DH Shohei Ohtani (L)
5. 1B Albert Pujols (R)
6. LF Justin Upton (R)
7. RF Brian Goodwin (L)
8. SS Andrelton Simmons (R)
9. C Jason Castro (R)
Projected rotation: RHP Julio Teheran, LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Dylan Bundy, RHP Griffin Canning, LHP Patrick Sandoval (Likely), RHP Shohei Ohtani*
Projected closer: RHP Hansel Robles
Bullpen strengths: RHP Matt Andriese may be used as a multi-inning option out of the pen if not used in the starting rotation. Andriese posted a 4.71 ERA with 70 SO in 54 games (70.2 IP). Closer Hansel Robles solidified his role in 2019 with 23 saves in 71 games with a 2.48 ERA and 75 Ks. Ty Buttrey will likely be the main set-up man out of the pen after a 2019 with a 3.98 ERA and 84 SO in 72.1 IP.
Bullpen weaknesses: The Angels did not make any major additions to the bullpen this offseason. Taylor Cole may be used more out of the bullpen this season despite a 2019 with a 5.92 ERA in 51.2 IP (38 games).
Key stats from 2019
- Shohei Ohtani only served as DH in 2019 so must reach 20 starts as DH in 2020 to be eligible to pitch unless MLB approves a petition.
- Trout became 11th player to win at least three MVPs. Trout’s 2019 stats: .291 BA, .438 OBP (led MLB), .645 SLG (led MLB), 1.083 OPS (led MLB), 45 HRs, 104 RBIs, 137 hits, 14 intentional walks (led MLB).
- Ohtani hit .286 with 18 HRs and 62 RBIs in 106 games in 2019 despite Tommy John surgery in October 2018.