Have LA Angels done enough this off-season to make playoffs?

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Josh Reddick /
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 03: Aroldis Chapman
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New York Yankees

If you think about it the New York Yankees were potentially one win away from winning the World Series in theory.  The Yankees lost an epic seven game series with the Astros who eventually were crowned World Series Champions.  Just like the Astros the Yankees did not need to do too much as they are already pretty strong. However, just like the Astros they did get stronger.

The Yankees first decided to re-sign lefty C.C. Sabathia to anchor a young staff that has plenty of talent.  Yankees have Sonny Gray, Luis Severino, and Masahiro Tanaka all of whom pitched very well last season and in the playoffs.  The Yankees bullpen might be one of the best in baseball with Tommy Kahnle, Chasen Shreve, Adam Warren, David Robertson, and Chad Green bridging the gap to the back end of the bullpen where Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman live to put on fires.

If that’s not enough you have AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius at shortstop and then you had the baseball 2018 home run king in Giancarlo Stanton to the mix and you have a modern day Murderer’s Row.

The Yankees and Astros are the odds on favorites to make it back to ALCS and again, it will be tough for the Angels to compete with this type of firepower.