The Los Angeles Angels are inching closer to the regular season. With new hope, the Angels should fare better in 2017.
The Los Angeles Angels had the sixth toughest schedule in the MLB last season. They averaged 4.43 runs per game last season. Collectively the team averaged a 4.28 ERA and a 1.392 WHIP per game. The Angels struggled to win just 74 games last season with injuries being the main cause of the team’s fallout from the top of the AL West.
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Still, the Los Angeles Angels are a dynamic team, mainly in part to the play of Mike Trout. When you have the best player in the league, you automatically have a chance to win any game regardless of the supporting cast.
Last season, Trout blasted 29 home runs, 100 RBI’s, and 30 stole bases. His OBP was .441 and his batting average was .315. Clearly, Trout is the reason why the Angels will be in contention year in and year out. However, Trout has a different supporting cast this season.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler must have baseball-reference.com bookmarked in his phone. Because he structurally redesigned this team to be defensively sound and more consistent at the batting position.
The 2017 season is coming, April 3rd is less than two months away. The Angels have redemption on their minds and a playoff spot in their sights. The Angels schedule isn’t as tough as 2016, however, there are some stretches the Angels will have to play well to contend.