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The perfect LA Angels starting rotation for 2022

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Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31)
Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) / Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels are likely going to have another six-man starting pitching rotation.

It's going to be tough to roster those six next year with Chris Rodriguez out, but it is manageable when considering how deep Arte Moreno's pockets can get this offseason.

The Angels have a payroll still under $150 million, so they can push the envelope when it comes to free agent signings and taking on contracts if they're as serious as they reportedly are about this starting rotation. The type of rotation they can put together is ridiculous:

The perfect LA Angels starting rotation for 2022: The back end

No. 6: Jose Suarez

Jose Suarez is great in the bullpen for the LA Angels, but it's time to continue trusting him as a starter. When he was turned to a starter in July, he wasn't perfect for the first couple months. He posted a 5.53 ERA and allowed a .263 batting average in July and August.

In September, however, it was a different story. Suarez threw five starts to end the year, and recorded a 2.97 ERA and .202 BAA. Going 3-1 with a complete game and really beginning to fulfill his potential, we should feel confident riding this momentum into next season with Suarez as a quality starter.

No. 5: Patrick Sandoval

Patrick Sandoval was also really developing as a good starter before he got injured last year. He took Jose Quintana's spot in the rotation while posting a 3.62 ERA and 124 ERA+. He was a starter for 14 of the 17 games he pitched in, and struck out 9.7 batters per nine innings.

The Halos finally got the most out of their 11th-round draft pick, and he's proven he can be a reliable guy for the Angels. He already was that for the team last year.

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