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3 LA Angels starting pitchers who will be negatively affected by the lockout

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Sep 19, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels
Sep 19, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Michael Lorenzen, LA Angels
Michael Lorenzen, LA Angels / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn

No. 1 LA Angels starting pitcher who will be negatively affected by the lockout: Michael Lorenzen

New LA Angel Michael Lorenzen is also a pitcher who struggled in the shortened 2020 season where there was also an unconventional offseason. Again, ANY pitcher is going to face roadblocks when it comes to getting sharp on the mound and in shape. But also, two-way players are going to have an even tougher time following their routines while locked away from the team.

And it would potentially be easier for Lorenzen if he was pitching out of the bullpen next year, as he wouldn't need to get into starter shape in a ramped up offseason with less spring training if he was pitching out of the pen. However, it's been reported that Lorenzen will be starting despite him being much better out of the bullpen in his career.

So Lorenzen is changing teams after arguably the worst year of his career, and doing it in a lockout where he's also going to be starting on the mound as opposed to pitching to his strengths in the bullpen. He's doing all of this while needing to be in shape to pitch, hit, and play in the outfield. Sounds like it's not the greatest recipe for success.

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The Angels are in a tough spot due to this lockout. If games begin to get cancelled, it's going to get even tougher. Everyone on this list (and everyone on the staff) needs to do everything they possibly can and more to get prepared for this year.

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