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Building the dream LA Angels Opening Day starting rotation after MLB lockout

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Sep 11, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) is a prime trade target for the LA Angels.
Sep 11, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) is a prime trade target for the LA Angels. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Angels' starting rotation is going to be under a VERY bright spotlight this season, whether you like it or not.

Even if you think it's the bullpen that's the real problem with this team, or the lack of production from the shortstop position, the starting rotation is going to be under the biggest magnifying glass for 2022.

The rotation has been in most peoples' eyes the reason the Halos have missed the playoffs for seven straight years, despite having the best player in the world in Mike Trout for each of those years. Even the one year he got hurt, the Halos still had the next-best player in baseball who had the best season in sports history. The rotation was still a liability, and we missed out.

It needs to improve this season, and it has the chance to shape up pretty nicely after this MLB lockout is over. If Perry Minasian can work some magic in free agency and the trade market, our best-case scenario looks dominant.

No. 6 starting pitcher in dream LA Angels Opening Day starting rotation: Jose Suarez

That's correct. If LA Angels General Manager Minasian nails the rest of this offseason, we don't have to start Michael Lorenzen in that sixth spot.

Instead, we can go with Jose Suarez, who's OOZING with potential. And he's ready by the way; trust me. In the last five starts of 2021 for Suarez, he recorded a 2.97 ERA and held batters to just a .202 batting average.

He recorded a complete game in that time with a 3-1 record. Suarez as our SIXTH guy puts us in a great spot.

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