LA Angels: 3 reasons why the Angels should be optimistic

Jared Walsh, Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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May 29, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) rounds third base to score a run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

#3 reason why the Angels should be optimistic: Shohei Ohtani is a legitimate MVP Candidate

Shohei Ohtani has always had gobs of talent. When he was first coming to the MLB from Japan, videos of him pumping 100 mph from the mound and blasting 450 foot moon shots in the same game gave MLB fans a whole excitement and awe that they have not experienced in many of their lifetimes. However, injuries have caused an inability to stay on the field for Ohtani. In 2021, he is finally healthy, and striking batters out left and right with his nasty splitter, and hitting bombs as one of the MLB’s HR leaders with 15. The Angels have Ohtani locked up through 2023, so health permitting, there should be many years to come where the Angels can enjoy Ohtani’s gaudy talents.

Hopefully the Angels can put the front office in a position in July to want to acquire pieces for a playoff push, rather than selling off a long list of to-be free agent players this upcoming offseason. The Halos haven’t performed up to expectation this season, but there’s almost two full months until the MLB trade deadline.

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If they can hold on until then and then have a good deadline day, they’ll be right in the middle of playoff contention. There’s still reasons to be optimistic about this team.