No. 1 area of strength the LA Angels can enter 2022 with: A complete lineup
This is what the LA Angels lineup may look like next year:
- Brandon Marsh
- Shohei Ohtani
- Mike Trout
- Anthony Rendon
- Jared Walsh
- Trevor Story
- Justin Upton
- Max Stassi
- David Fletcher
If that lineup could stay healthy, it’s going to be scoring so many runs. There’s one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the AL hitting leadoff. There’s two MVPs in there at the second and three hole spots.
The middle of that order is pretty stacked too. A doubles machine who practically willed a Wild Card team to a World Series Championship in 2019 is hitting cleanup, an All-Star is batting behind him, and a two-time All-Star who’s a lock for an .800+ OPS is hitting in the sixth hole.
Of course, that’s if we sign Story, but we’ll probably acquire somebody similar to play shortstop this year. Story’s not even the best shortstop available.
The bottom of the order isn’t too shabby either. Batting seventh is a three-time silver slugger who was raking when healthy this year, a solid hitting catcher when healthy in the eight hole, and a lifetime .281 hitter is hitting second leadoff.
That lineup is stacked, and the baseball world is going to take notice. That’s a lineup that can at least make it to the ALDS with even just decent pitching. If we stay healthy next year, we are going to make moves in this league.