Before I start this post I know that many people think the LA Angels have made a big mistake in signing Anthony Rendon to a huge contract. Especially with such a glaring need for pitching.
I will say I totally agree with you. I’m trying to have faith in LA Angels GM Billy Eppler that he will still address this issue this Winter. So with that being said, I am greatly excited about our potential line-up for 2020. Let’s take a look at what new manager Joe Maddon will have at his disposal.
CF – Mike Trout
3B – Anthony Rendon
DH – Shohei Ohtani
LF – Justin Upton
SS – Andrelton Simmons
C – Max Stassi/ free agent signee
Not only is this line-up solid offensively, it also is very good defensively. The Angels will also be deep in being able to bring a guy like La Stella, Fletcher, or Luis Rengifo off the bench plus potentially Brian Goodwin when Adell is called up. There is also guys like Jose Rojas and Jared Walsh in Triple-A that could be helpful plus some other potential non-roster invitees.
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This line-up on paper is definitely the best the Angels have had in the last 10 years and maybe ever. In the 2nd through 6th spot everyone has the potential to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs. Fletcher and La Stella at lead-off are gritty players who also have some pop. Andrelton Simmons in the 7th spot is a great asset and should flourish with the improved line-up ahead of him. Don’t sleep on Brian Goodwin in the eighth spot either as he had a strong 2019 season working his way into the starting line-up and hit .262 with 17 homers and 47 RBIs in only 413 at-bats.
As I mentioned before the bench on any given night can step in and fill someone’s shoes and produce. Now if the Angels don’t get any pitching the offensive additions won’t do nearly enough good to help the Angels compete. But one thing for sure, the Angels offense will be potent.