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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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Feb 24, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is now with the LA Angels. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 starting pitcher in dream LA Angels Opening Day starting rotation: Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard has the talent to be the No. 1 pitcher in this rotation, and if we're being honest, he's pitched better at certain times in his career than any pitcher the LA Angels can assemble for 2022.

I say this because Syndergaard has the clutch gene. In five postseason appearances (four starts), Syndergaard boasts a 2.42 playoff ERA and a 1.64 (!) playoff FIP. He can shove just like anyone else when he's really on, and he can do it at the highest level.

And yes, the highest. He's pitched in the World Series before. And in the World Series start he got, he took home the W.

And if we end up in a Wild Card game, he'd be quite the option. The last time he played in a Wild Card game he threw SEVEN scoreless innings.

If Thor tosses seven scoreless innings in a Wild Card game on the Angels, it's a wrap. We'll throw Aaron Loup in the eighth inning and close it out with Raisel Iglesias. It's not like we won't be scoring--we have the two best hitters in the game.

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