Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is just around the corner. This means it is the perfect time to look at each team’s predictions for the 2021 season, following the 60-game abbreviated season.

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The Los Angeles Angels have not made the postseason in the past six seasons. Last year, their lack of pitching depth contributed to their lack of success. In 2020, the Angels finished ninth in runs scored with 294 runs and 10th in home runs with 85 homers. In the team’s 60-year history, they have made the postseason in 10 different years and won their only World Series appearance in 2002.

Below is the Angels’ projected lineup.

Los Angeles Angels Projected Batting Order:

  1. 2B David Fletcher 
  2. OF Mike Trout
  3. 3B Anthony Rendon
  4. OF Jared Walsh
  5. OF Justin Upton
  6. DH Shohei Ohtani
  7. 1B Albert Pujols
  8. C Kurt Suzuki
  9. SS Jose Iglesias

Los Angeles Angels Projected Pitching Staff:

  • SP1 Shohei Ohtani 
  • SP2 Dylan Bundy
  • SP3 Andrew Heaney
  • SP4 Jose Quintana
  • SP5 Griffin Canning
  • CL Raisel Iglesias

Los Angeles Angels Team Outlook:

During the offseason, the Angels made some major additions by signing starter Jose Quintana and catcher Kurt Suzuki. They also acquired starter Alex Cobb and outfielder Dexter Fowler in deals that went down in early February. However, the team also moved on from reliever Hansel Robles and starting pitcher Julio Teheran.

The Angels’ offensive core is built around superstars Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon. Both first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielder Justin Upton are heading toward the end of their careers. Shortstop Jose Iglesias was added via trade to replace shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Regarding their pitching, both Andrew Heaney and Dylan Bundy have the talent to bring the team success when healthy. Shohei Ohtani struggled on the mound and as a batter last year. From the looks of it, if the Angels’ pitching staff stays healthy, the offense is good enough for the team to have a winning record in 2021.

Los Angeles Angels Schedule:

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