Five Keys for the LA Angels for a Successful 2020 Season.
#5 – Pitching staff (Especially Starters) need to avoid major injuries.
Since 2016 the Angels have had more than their fair share of injuries to their pitching staff especially the starting rotation. Ten Angel starters have had Tommy John surgery and 14 starters in all have been lost for the season due various injuries.
Last year alone the Angels had Shohei Ohtani who was lost for the season as a pitcher, the Angels also lost Felix Pena with a season-ending knee injury as well as having J.C. Ramirez out for most of the 2019 season. Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill also spent time on the injured list for parts of 2019. Griffin Canning was also shut down in August with arm issues. In the past few seasons the Angels had Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano, and Matt Shoemaker all suffer major injuries.
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So in 2020 the Angels have six solid starters in the fold and if they are all healthy the pitching staff should do pretty well, especially with the increased run support they should have with Anthony Rendon and a healthy Justin Upton. Andrew Heaney, Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning, Dylan Bundy, and Julio Teheran are all above-average starters and the Angels will have a good defense behind them as well as the improved offense.
If the Angels decide to use a 6th starter to help limit Ohtani’s workload then Patrick Sandoval, Dillon Peters, Jose Suarez, and Felix Pena could fight to fill that spot in the rotation. If the current rotation stays healthy it will go a long way in helping the Angels stay in the race.