The Los Angeles Angels overhauled their team heading into the season, but there are still several questions the team must answer if it wants to make a playoff push in 2020.
By all measurements, the 2019 season was a disappointment for the Los Angeles Angels, who finished 72-90 on the season and a distant fourth place behind the division-champion Houston Astros. It was the team’s fifth straight year without a playoff appearance and second consecutive season fourth-place finish.
Needless to say, the team had aspirations for improvement heading into the 2020 season. The Angels overhauled the roster by adding depth to their beleaguered pitching staff, added another premier bat in Anthony Rendon in the heart of the line-up, and they were looking forward to the return of Shohei Ohtani to the mound. All was going to be right in Halo Heaven.
And then the coronavirus pandemic shut it all down.
It has now been nearly two months since Major League Baseball made the difficult decision to put the game on hold in the wake of the biggest health crisis in decades. No practices, no games, and no transactions, only a soft hint of crickets chirping in the distance.
However, there seems to be some hope of the season being resumed in late June or early July in some shape or form. Whether it is through realignment, playing in a bubble city, or in each team’s home stadiums without fans, there will be baseball in 2020. That should put the Angels back on the road to righting the ship, right?
To get back on top, the Angels will need to look into themselves a bit and answer some important questions that will go a long way toward knowing exactly what kind of team they bring to the table this season.