While the prospect of a healthy Anthony Rendon being able to pick up where he left off is enticing on its own, what’s even more alluring is what he can do as part of the LA Angels trio that also includes Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani make up the best trio of hitters in baseball.
If you’ve been following along with my previous projection analyses for Trout and Ohtani, you’ll know that both of them are projected to have monster years at the plate in 2022 and are the early favorites for AL MVP. Once you add in Rendon to that equation, however, you get what is unequivocally the best trio of hitters in all of baseball.
Considering that these three appeared in less than 20 games together in 2021, there’s no telling how many more games the Angels could have won if they all stayed healthy. While shoddy pitching would have likely still kept them out of the playoffs, the Halos could have easily improved upon their 77-85 record and been above .500 for the first time since 2015.
With the 2022 Angels looking much better on paper compared to last year, a healthy Rendon, Trout and Ohtani have a real shot at leading this squad to a surprise Wild Card berth. Even if the pitching only winds up marginally better than 2021, having this one-two-three punch in the lineup should more than make up for any other shortcomings.
All of this is without even mentioning the existence of All-Star first baseman and 30 home run threat Jared Walsh.
With the "Big 4" leading the way, the 2022 LA Angels should be averaging at least 5 runs per game and could very well be chasing down the Astros 5.34 R/G mark from last year.
Since Rendon only played 110 games across two years with the Angels, many fans probably don’t realize just how good he is or how sorely missed his bat was last year. With 2022 shaping up to be his first full season in Anaheim, there’s no better time for Rendon to finally prove to fans that he’s worth that huge contract he signed two years ago.