5 Hopes For Los Angeles Angels in 2018 that could lead to World Series

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Albert Pujols
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4. Ian Kinsler has a bounce-back season and solidifies the lead-off spot

Ian Kinsler has been one of the top second basemen in baseball over the past 10 years hitting 234 homers, driving in 834 runs with a career .273 batting average.  However, 2017 was largely forgettable for the four-time all-star as Kinsler’s average dipped to .236 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs.  All but the home run total were career-lows for Kinsler with an injury-proved 2010 season where Kinsler only played 103 games.

Kinsler is now going to most likely be the Angels lead-off hitter in 2018 and his success will go a long way in jump starting the Angels anemic offense.  If Kinsler can get on base at a good clip and set the table for Trout, Upton, and Pujols which will be very important.

Kinsler will also team with Andrelton Simmons to for a very formidable double-play combination on defense as well.  The addition of Kinsler will  make Simmons even better.