The Los Angeles Angels are coming off of their worst season in recent memory. They’re looking ahead to 2017 after finishing 2016 at 74-88.
The Los Angeles Angels are coming off a frugally successful off-season and having key players return. The Angels are an all around stronger team. Here is why I think they will finish the season much better than last.
The Angels are going into 2017 looking a whole lot stronger than they did in 2016. Most of the stronger pieces of last year’s roster are returning. Then, we have the additions of Danny Espinosa, Luis Valbuena, Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere and Martin Maldonado that should help add depth and consistency to the offense/defense.
The starting rotation will see Garrett Richards returning, and hopefully in top form. Cam Bedrosian will have an opportunity to prove himself. If Bedrosian can have a season near as good as last, then he very well could be an All-Star in 2017.
The Angels also added some much-needed depth to their bullpen with the additions of Vicente Campos, Jesse Chavez, and Kirby Yates. They will also have some young talent fighting for a spot in spring training as well. Most notably being Nate Smith, who is young but has shown great talent in the minors.
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The one major downfall the Angels absolutely need to avoid next season; injuries. Albert Pujols will start the season injured, which isn’t a great sign.
The Angels need every player to contribute in 2017. They need all of their players to stay healthy for the majority of the season, or we may see a 2016 repeat.
So with all that being said, here is my prediction for the Angels record and playoff chances this upcoming season.
90-72, 1st in AL West, Chances of making the playoffs 85%
This may seem wildly optimistic. But, if the Angels can keep their team healthy and firing on all cylinders I think it is very obtainable for them.