Mike Trout has been nothing short of amazing in his first six seasons in Anaheim, however he has not been able to lead the Angels to the promiseland. Trout has won the AL MVP Award twice, but what he really wants is a World Series ring.
This off-season Mike Trout has been able to sit back and watch as Angels general manager Billy Eppler has revamped the team building around Trout. #27 has to be smiling with what Eppler has accomplished as it should make the offense the best it has been since Trout arrived in 2012.
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No longer will Trout feel a need to expand his strike-zone worried that if he doesn’t drive in runs the other players will not be able to pick up the slack. Trout now has back-up and a lot of it. With the addition of Justin Upton and Zack Cozart as well as Ian Kinsler and Shohei Ohtani the Angel line-up will have a top six that has never been seen before in Anaheim.
Everyone in the Angels line-up with possibly the exception of catcher Martin Maldonado has the potential to hit 15-20 homers and drive in at least 70 runs. If this were to happen the Angels would hit at least 160 home runs and drive in 560 runs on the low end and 200 homers and 700 RBIs on the high end.
Upton alone is a great addition as he could potentially match Trout’s home run and RBI production. Add Shohei Ohtani and Zack Cozart to the mix and you could have two more guys who could hit 25-30 homers and drive in between 80-100 runs each. Ian Kinsler could potentially hit 20 plus home runs and drive in 80 runs while scoring 100 runs which has only been done by Trout over the past six seasons.
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Mike Trout will still put a lot of pressure on himself, because he is Mike Trout. However, this line-up has the potential to be one that will take the Angels back to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. Trout has to be happy about this as this is what he has always wanted a team that could contend for the World Series. It will not be easy and will depend a lot on the pitching for sure, but the added offense help has to be reassuring for Trout.
I for one cannot wait until the season opens to see how things come together. Mike Trout has the same feeling.