Five Keys for the LA Angels for a Successful 2020 Season.

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 03: Albert Pujols #5 helps carry Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim off the field after he was injured covering first base to retire Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Progressive Field on August 3, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 03: Albert Pujols #5 helps carry Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim off the field after he was injured covering first base to retire Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians in the second inning at Progressive Field on August 3, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 19: Keynan Middleton #99 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the seventh inning during their game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 19: Keynan Middleton #99 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the seventh inning during their game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

#4 – Angels starters go deep into game to not overtax the bullpen.

Early in the season the Angels played pretty good baseball, but they could not sustain it due to a lack of consistency from the Angel starters.  The bullpen did really well to start the season with Hansel Robles, Ty Buttrey, and Cam Bedrosian starting strong for the Angels.  Noe Ramirez and Taylor Cole also did well as openers in the first half of the season in addition to pitching well in the bullpen.

In the second half of the season all but Robles struggled somewhat due to being overworked. This needs to be rectified.  Part of it was also the strategy of not letting many of the starters pitch to the batting order more than twice.  There may be some pitchers who need this strategy to be employed, but the first five in the rotation could manage to get through six to seven innings on a regular basis which would really strengthen the bullpen due to less of a workload.