Angels finish 1st in AL West with 90-plus wins
The Halos have one playoff appearance in the last 11 seasons, and have missed the postseason for six consecutive years. The lone trip to October in 2014 was the last time the Angels finished first in the AL West, and the last time they’ve won at least 90 games. There’s a lot that needs to go right, but I believe this team is capable of doing this again in 2021.
The first thing the Angels need to do is consistently win division matchups. The Halos have suffered three consecutive losing seasons against AL West opponents. One of the best ways to put distance between themselves and their rivals is to take advantage of their head-to-head matchups.
The Angels winning the AL West is more realistic than most are projecting.
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I don’t believe the AL West has gotten any better in the offseason. The Mariners and Rangers are in rebuild modes. The Astros have some injury concerns with their pitching, and the A’s annual Moneyball approach is beatable. The Angels winning this division is more realistic than people think, and it’s time they take advantage.
Another area the Angels will need to take care of business is in their starting rotation. This has been the case for the past few seasons, but in 2021 especially, the starters need to step up.
The Halos didn’t make any additions you would consider high-level, so instead they pieced together their six-man rotation with pitchers who would normally be considered mid-level arms. Given how the offense is projected to do the heavy lifting, all this starting staff needs to do is keep the Angels in games consistently.
They’ve got the best player in the league, and another right behind him in the batting order. There’s no excuses for not going all-out in the efforts to push this team in the postseason.
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If this team looks promising in the first few months of the season, expect owner Arte Moreno and general manager Perry Minasian to bring in a legit arm.
This would make the Angels, not just a threat in the AL West, but the entire league.