LA Angels Opening Day: Could this be the best lineup in baseball?

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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No.1 David Fletcher-2B

The spark plug, the straw that stirs the drink. Whatever you want to call him, David Fletcher will set the table for the rest of the Angels lineup this season. Fletcher took the next steps in his career towards being an elite offensive player last summer, earning MVP votes in an All-Star caliber season. In 2020, Fletcher slashed .319/.376/.425 with three home runs and 18 RBI. At 26-years old, look for Fletcher to continue improving in a full-162 game season.

LA Angels Opening Day: Expect run-scoring opportunities with these three hitters.

No.2 Shohei Ohtani-DH

There’s a chance we could see Shohei Ohtani flipped with Mike Trout in the order, but regardless of where ends up he’s going to have all eyes on him. The two-way phenom has been arguably the best hitter in the league this spring, slashing .517/.571/1.032 with five home runs and eight RBI in 31 at-bats. Ohtani has looked like a different hitter compared with his .190 batting average last summer. The key for Ohtani as at the plate and on the mound this season will be to stay healthy.

No.3 Mike Trout-CF

It was a bad 2020 season for Mike Trout who slashed .281/.390/.603 with 17 home runs and 46 RBI through 53 games. Of course that’s by his standards, and it would have been a great year for anyone else. In a normal season it’s safe to expect Trout to return to his dominating form in 2021. We all know he’ll perform at a high level, but what about the rest of the players around him?