While they might have some questions with their pitching staff, it’s possible the Angels have one of the best Opening Day lineups in the league.
Through 27 spring training games, the Halos had the seventh-most runs scored (142), the eighth-highest slugging percentage (.451), and the sixth-most home runs (36). Whether or not this can translate to the regular season is always a question, but this group has the ability to do a lot of damage this season.
Angles Opening Day: The offense will carry the Halos this season.
The Angels will send Dylan Bundy to the mound to face Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox. In three career starts against the Halos, Giolito has a 2-0 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1.158 WHIP while striking out 22 batters over 19 inning innings pitched.
Based on the recent spring performances, I believe this group of position players could be used on Opening Day.
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Projected Opening Day Lineup:
- David Fletcher-2B
- Shohei Ohtani-DH
- Mike Trout-CF
- Anthony Rendon-3B
- Albert Pujols-1B
- Justin Upton-LF
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Max Stassi-C
- Dexter Fowler-RF
- Juan Lagares-OF
- Jose Rojas-INF
- Kurt Suzuki-C
- Jared Walsh-1B
The top half of the Angels lineup is projected to be among the best in baseball. Any concerns will come after those first four hitters, but the good news is they’ve performed well this spring.