Angels Baseball: Three potential obstacles to the 2020 season
By Kyle Franzoni
The Los Angeles Angels have an outside chance at making the postseason in 2020, but some obstacles could get in the way.
As the Los Angeles Angels put together their plan to build a contender in 2020, they knew they had to do something to not waste the best years of Mike Trout. The luxury of having the game’s best player is that you have something to build around. However, up until now, the team has been unable to perform that task.
The Angels last made the postseason in 2014, mostly due to a run of bad luck when it comes to keeping their pitching staff healthy. Team success is determined on the back of pitching, and the Halos have been proof positive of that fact with their recent failures.
So the team set out this winter to address its biggest need, the pitching staff. While the targeted big fish like Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, and Stephen Strasburg, but came away empty-handed. Instead, they turned their attention to smaller additions and spent heavily on adding Anthony Rendon to the lineup.
Now, with a shortened season set to kick off on July 24th in Oakland, the Angels enter into an off circumstance where they have the offensive firepower to compete with the best teams in the league, but a question of whether they made enough moves with their pitching staff to make a difference.
If things break right, the Halos can find themselves in the playoff hunt. However, there are a few obstacles that could throw a wrench into the works. Let’s examine those a bit closer.