With the LA Angels coaching staff nearly finalized, it's worth checking out what the Halos have going on with how their starting lineup will look.
This offseason may take longer than expected due to complications within the MLB lockout, and so we could end up having plenty of time to speculate about what this lineup will look like.
The Angels have several different options as to how they choose to line the squad up. The best lineup is clear, however.
Here's how the Opening Day lineup would shake up for the LA Angels as of right now.
LA Angels 2022 Opening Day starting lineup as of January 7th, 2022:
1. Brandon Marsh//RF
2. Shohei Ohtani//DH
3. Mike Trout//CF
4. Jared Walsh//1B
5. Anthony Rendon//3B
6. Max Stassi//C
7. Jo Adell//LF
8. David Fletcher//2B
9. Tyler Wade//SS
This is a very good lineup. Marsh already has a lot of experience batting leadoff in the MLB, and he's making clear progress as a ballplayer. He'll get closer and closer to reaching his potential next year.
The next two hitters are arguably the two best hitters in baseball, making the top of our lineup the very best in MLB.
The meat of our order features Walsh, who is coming off of an All-Star season batting clean-up, and big-time bounce-back candidate Rendon batting right behind him. If Rendon does indeed go back to being 'Tony Two-Bags,' the first five spots of our order will easily be the most deadly in baseball.
Hitting behind him is one of the better catchers in the American League in Stassi. The middle of the lineup could be special.
The bottom of the order isn't too shabby, either. Adell looks bound to have a breakout year in 2022, and already proved how dangerous he can be when he drove in 26 RBIs in just 35 games last year. Fletcher isn't the most inspiring at the plate, but having our eighth-hole hitter be someone who batted well over .300 just two seasons ago puts us in a good place.
Batting second leadoff man at the bottom of the lineup is a speedster in Wade who WILL take second if he gets on. And he quietly does have a habit of getting on base. Posting a .354 on-base percentage in 2021, he's more than serviceable as a guy who can get on for the top of the order.
Almost this entire lineup has All-Star potential, and it makes for one of the strongest in the AL with the potential to be THE best in the AL if the team stays healthy, continues to develop Marsh and Adell, and gets the bounce-back from Rendon that many expect anyway.