Not too long ago, I took a look at what the dream LA Angels Opening Day lineup would look like.
Unfortunately, that's still just a dream, and I don't think the lineup will look exactly like that. When projecting the lineup during this lonely MLB lockout, it's not going to be perfect.
That being said, it's still going to be a great group of guys.
Projected LA Angels Opening Day lineup during MLB lockout
The top of my projected LA Angels Opening Day lineup right now has a lot of speed.
Batting leadoff for the LA Angels: Brandon Marsh, RF
Brandon Marsh would continue being the leadoff man for the LA Angels. I can't guarantee that the Halos will trade him, so I'll slot him in the lineup, and put him in the spot he has the most Big League experience at.
Batting second for the LA Angels: Shohei Ohtani, DH
The LA Angels don't need to fool with Shohei Ohtani. Having the best season of all-time from the two-hole, Ohtani needs to stay where he's comfortable at.
It's a similar situation as it was with Marsh. Joe Maddon will let these guys prepare and hit where they're comfortable.
Batting third for the LA Angels: Mike Trout, CF
The only hitter who has a case to being better than Mike Trout is Ohtani, but we want his speed to be a bit higher in the LA Angels lineup. While Maddon has experimented with all kinds of lineup-related decisions in his career (and reaped rewards from them), I expect him to bat Trout third where he belongs.