The Los Angeles Angles have been a Major League team since 1961. They have made the playoffs ten times and had five name changes. Although I am not a math major, 10 playoff appearances in 60 year is a pathetic feat. Not to mention that they have changed their team name HALF the number of times during that time. The 2002 World Series title is all the Angels have to hold onto. They’ve lost just two playoff series in five attempts since then and have effectively wasted Mike Trout’s prime years. Trout is a great player, and has two MVP awards and a ROY. The Angels have failed to make the playoffs in six seasons. They finished below.500 five times, including last year’s shorter season, when they had a record 26-34.
The Angels will begin the regular season at their home on April 1, with a pair of games against the White Sox, before welcoming the Houston Astros into town for a four game set. The Angels will then travel to Dunedin to play a three-game series against the Blue Jays, before heading to KC to face the Royals. They are +4000 and the Angels are outsiders to win this World Series. They are +2000 to win an AL Pennant, and +375 to win an AL West. Their total wins has been set at 84.5
Angels 2021 Lineup
A quick glance at the Angels’ batting orders will make you wonder why they are so inconsistent every year. This is their opening-day lineup:
- David Fletcher
- Shohei Ohtani
- Mike Trout
- Anthony Rendon
- Justin Upton
- Albert Pujols
- Jose Iglesias
- Max Stassi
- Dexter Fowler
Los Angeles Angels: Why bet?
Although Jose Iglesias and Jose Stassi, the catcher, were not in Sunday’s lineup at Tampa Bay to face the Halos, it was a rest day. Both should be here. The Angels are still without their injured star Mike Trout. He is not expected to return until after the All Star break.
Although the LA pitching staff has been terrible this year, Jose Suarez has been one bright spot. After posting a 7.99 ERA in 2020 and 2019, the Angels’ left-hander now has a 2.05 record after 22 innings. He could be promoted to the rotation.
Perry Minasian, general manager of the Angels, stated that “he’s definitely opened mine eyes.”
Here’s Dylan Bundy (1-7). Bundy was given two runs (one earned) in four innings of a no-decision against Tigers in his last start. Bundy was relieved after he threw only 81 pitches (49 strikeouts) in the fifth inning when he gave up Jake Rogers’ leadoff double. He only recorded two strikeouts and surrendered four runs. He also gave up three walks. This was only the second time he had given up less than four runs in seven of his previous starts. In his 13 starts, he has a horrible 6.68 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 60/20 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.
He is currently 2-6 with a 6.52 ERA in 13 career games (11 starts) vs. New York. Bundy will be making his first start against New York since August 14, 2019, for Baltimore. Bundy is seeking his first win against the Yankees since May 29, 2017, at Camden Yards, Baltimore. Bundy has a record of 0-4 in four career starts at Yankee Stadium with a 7.91 ERA (19.1 IP – 17 ER), and 23 strikeouts.
Angels 2021 Predictions
FanGraphs projects that the Angels will finish second in the AL West with a record 84-78. This record would see them competing with other teams for a wild card spot. The offense is not going to take them far, though I believe this Angels team has the potential to be great. It will be up to the rotation’s ability to keep it together and limit meltdowns.Last Updated on October 2, 2021