No. 1 thing the LA Angels need to do to get to World Series next season: Stay healthy
Let’s take a look at some of the highest contracts on the LA Angels’ payroll from 2021:
Mike Trout: $35.5 million–Missed 126 games
Anthony Rendon: $27.5 million–Missed 104 games
Justin Upton: $23 million–Missed 73 games
That’s pretty insane. Also, don’t forget Max Stassi missing 75 games, and Alex Cobb only starting 18 games on the bump. And there’s more too, as Patrick Sandoval only started 14 games on the year.
This team was so unbelievably injured and realistically didn’t even have a chance to win the division due to this situation.
Of course, there’s luck involved in this, but it still stung for the fans to watch these guys go down left and right. This can’t happen again if the Angels want to win this league.
They need to make sure they don’t go after injury-prone free agents as well. They need to do everything they can do to prevent injuries.
Most of that’s not in their control, but bringing in injury-prone guys is. They need to make sure they steer clear of those, and nail the other two things in this list.
If all of this goes as planned, they’ll have a shot.