LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
2015 Record: 85-77, Third Place in the American League West, three games behind the Texas Rangers
Mike Trout, CF: .299, 40 HR, 99 RBIs
Albert Pujols, 1B/DH: .244, 40 HR, 95 RBIs
Garrett Richards, P: 15-12, 3.65 ERA, 176 strikeouts
Houston Street, Closer: 3-3, 3.18 ERA, 40 saves
Manager: Mike Scioscia, 17th season
Ballpark: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, capacity 45,483
First Season: 1961
I’ll make this short and sweet…
Sure, these Halos from Orange County have the best player in their sport, a guy SO much like the legendary New York Yankee Mickey Mantle, even down to his blonde hair and muscular build.
However, it takes a lot more than Mike Trout to have a championship team, or even a contending one, as their ace pitcher, their number one starter, would be a number three starter on other contending teams like the New York Mets or the now-defending champion Kansas City Royals.
The Angels’ other big slugger, Albert Pujols, is a first ballot Hall of Famer who’s on the inevitable decline that every ballplayer goes through.
Their pitching staff, outside of Richards, is chock full of maybes and we-will-sees (though Hector Santiago did look extremely good against the Dodgers in their Exhibition game this last weekend).
I don’t think anyone outside the Angels’ clubhouse is certain that Craig Gentry and Daniel Nava will be the answer in left field.
And there doesn’t seem to be any help coming from their farm system anytime soon, as that system is ranked by many as baseball’s worst.
That’s why I’m officially predicting that these Angels will finish in…
Fourth place in the American League West, behind the Houston Astros, Rangers, and Seattle Mariners.
Who unlike the Angels have a true ace in Felix Hernandez, which will ultimately be the difference.
If I were a red-clad, Rally Monkey-waving Angel fan, I’d be very concerned that if those Halos don’t make a serious commitment to winning, and soon…
That superstar of theirs may well be wearing a jersey saying “Phillies” in front of it, or even Yankee pinstripes, by 2020.
An Angels cap and glove resting between innings. Photo courtesy of angelswinblog.blogspot.com