3 reasons 2022 will be better than 2021 for the LA Angels
By Evan Desai
No. 1 reason 2022 will be better than 2021 for the LA Angels: Health
The LA Angels will be getting so many key players back from injury in 2022. That includes Patrick Sandoval, Justin Upton, Anthony Rendon, and the great Mike Trout. Those are three MASSIVE contracts coming back to use, as well as a Sandoval who is the third-best starter on the team.
Those guys being back is going to have a major impact on the team. In Sandoval, we're getting a pitcher who posted a 3.62 ERA last season before he hit the IL, along with a 9.7 K/9 rate and a 124 ERA+.
In Upton, we're getting a player who hit .326/.420/.600 (1.020 OPS) in the month before he got hurt.
In Trout, we're getting the guy who has been the best player of the last decade and was having the best year of his career before he went down last season. The three-time AL MVP was so dominant in the 36 games he played that he still was selected as the All-Star Game starter despite missing over half of the first half.
And in Rendon, they're getting a bounce-back candidate who's still young and still plays good defense, even when his offense isn't going the way we wish it to. Even if he continues to slump next year, he'll be an upgrade over what we had there in his place.
The Halos will be a better team next year. They have the two best players in baseball healthy and in their primes, and many other key players coming back from injury. They'll have more stability in the coaching staff, and a division that's winnable with the lineup that the Angels have.