LA Angels: The perfect starting lineups for the 2021 season
Lineup Against Righties
1. David Fletcher, 2B, R
David Fletcher is quite easily the best option to bat leadoff for the Angels this season against both handedness of pitching.
2. Mike Trout, CF, R
Mike Trout should stay cemented in the two-hole this season with some starts in the three-hole mixed in.
3. Shohei Ohtani, DH, L
Shohei Ohtani has struggled offensively within his last 50 games at the major league level, but he is still an electrifying hitter that can split up the right-handed bats of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon.
4. Anthony Rendon, 3B, R
Rendon can be penciled into the third slot or the cleanup spot in the order for the entirety of the season.
5. Jared Walsh, 1B, L
Jared Walsh terrorized right-handed pitching in 2020, posting a 180 wRC+.
6. Jo Adell, RF, R
The hope is that Jo Adell develops into what the Angels have long been expecting him to be and his odds of reaching his full potential are still extremely high.
7. Brandon Marsh, LF, L
This might be a very aggressive move for top prospect Brandon Marsh, but I believe he works his way into the mix at some point in 2021.
8. Max Stassi, C, R and Anthony Bemboom, C, L
Stassi and Anthony Bemboom will likely split time against right-handed pitching as Bemboom brings a left-handed bat to the lineup.
9. Jose Iglesias, SS, R
Jose Iglesias is a defensive specialist who doesn’t project to have much thump in his bat, but he can hit for average and operate as a second leadoff man for the Angels, now against right-handed pitching too. Franklin Barreto and Luis Rengifo could also find some ABs.