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LA Angels: Two Series to Look Forward to in 2019

By Vincent Page
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Frist baseman Luis Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals in th e field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 18, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 7-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Frist baseman Luis Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals in th e field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 18, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 7-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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With two weeks until Opening Day for the LA Angels and the rest of the MLB, it is time to take a look at a couple of series that will be meaningful for the Halos this season, both for very different reasons.

LA Angels vs. Milwaukee Brewers

By Vincent Page

Last year, we saw the Angels get off to an incredibly hot start to begin the season. They were one of the best teams in the MLB that first month of the year, and could possibly see the same pattern this year.

The Angels start off the season with one series each against the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners. All three of those teams have significant weaknesses and outside of the A’s don’t look like even potential playoff teams.

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So let’s say that, similar to 2018, the Angels start off hot. Their fourth series of the year is against the Milwaukee Brewers. A three game set at The Big A, this will be the Angels’ first true test against a proven contender, as Milwaukee was only one win away from the World Series last year.

Obviously it’s impossible to predict pitching matchups, but these teams have a lot of parallels. Both of their rotations have question marks, and both teams will most likely rely on their bullpens very often this season. For Milwaukee, players like Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffrees will look to dominate the Angels’ lineup.

On offense, both teams have the potential to be exceptional this year. Both have stars in Mike Trout and Christian Yelich, and the Brewers’ proved they have a solid offense all-around last year, while the Angels are hoping the support staff gives Trout enough help this year.

The Angels usually struggle early in the season, so if they can come in and start hot, and then prove their legitimacy against a team like the Brewers, they’ll begin making a lot of experts questions whether this team has more potential than originally thought.

LA Angels @ St. Louis Cardinals

By David Rice

The LA Angels have many exciting series this season, but none are probably more anticipated than a three-game set in mid-June in St. Louis.  Due the rotating interleague schedule the Angels have not played in St. Louis since 2010 and that was when the Cardinals still had Albert Pujols on its roster.

So this season’s three-game series in St. Louis marks Albert’s long-awaited return.  Since he signed with the Angels in the Winter of 2011. Some of the Cardinal fans were very bitter when Pujols spurned the team’s offer of 10-years for $210 million dollars (44 million dollars below the Angels offer.  So Pujols chose to sign in Anaheim.

This will give the Cardinal fans a chance to reunite with Pujols which most will give him a standing ovation. In addition new Angels coach Jose Molina will be able to meet up with his younger brother Yadier, who is an all-star catcher nearing the end of his career.  The Cardinals have many strong players on their roster including newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona to bolster the Cardinal offense.

Matt Carpenter is another Cardinal hitting star smacking 36 homers and driving in 81 runs last season.  Marcell Ozuna, who was acquired last off-season from the Florida Marlins in the Winter of 2017.

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This will also give St. Louis fans a chance to see both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, who are two of the most well-known players on the Angels roster.  Up and coming prospects for St. Louis are right-handed starter Alex Reyes and outfielder Tyler O’Neill.  Both of who have tremendous potential.

For the Angels you may see right-hander Griffin Canning or outfielder Jo Adell if he can get healthy in time.  All in all it should be a good show from the two teams.

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