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

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Albert Pujols
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Albert Pujols /
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ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 06: Pitcher Blake Parker
ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 06: Pitcher Blake Parker /

2.  The Angels bullpen kept them in the race in 2017, and 2018 they will be just as good if not better.

The Angels have lost a few pieces from a bullpen that for most of the season saved the team and a mediocre starting rotation.  Gone is closer Bud Norris, set-up man Yusmeiro Petit, and also Jesse Chavez is gone from the Angels pen.

So how are the Angels going to make-up for these loses and build an even better pen?  First of all, the Angels have all the pieces to make a strong bullpen.  Blake Parker and/or Cam Bedrosian will make a strong one-two punch as a set-up man and closer depending on which shows up and pitches better this Spring.  My thoughts are that Parker should be the closer and Bedrosian should set him up along with Kenyan Middleton.

The trio of hard throwers should anchor the Angels bullpen.  Not to mention the Angels traded for Jim Johnson who was an elite closer four years ago and has potential to do so again this season.  In addition the Angels have Noe Ramirez who pitched well down the stretch.

The Angels also have a lot of pitchers that could be plugged in to different spots.  So we will have to see what happens.