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Angels 2020 Season Preview

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Last season, the Halos had another disappointing season, finishing third in the division. When previewing the Angels for 2020, one would have to say that the team is one to look out for this season.

Can Maddon Help?

Management decided to shake things up, firing Brad Ausmus after one season and bringing in a well-respected and World Series Champion manager, Joe Maddon.

If things go right, Los Angeles can make a run at the division title given the shortened season. They will definitely be in the hunt for a wild card spot.

Angels Are Stacked With Talent

They have the best player in the world right now in Mike Trout. In addition, they made a huge splash in the offseason by signing third baseman, Anthony Rendon.

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The club is desperately trying to make the playoffs with Trout leading the way. Trout has made one postseason appearance in 2014, only to get swept by the Royals in the ALDS. The Angels as an organization have not won a playoff game in over a decade.

Alongside Trout and Rendon, Albert Pujols, Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton and more will be returning this season.

What About Pitching?

The goal for the Angels is to make the postseason. Do they have the pitching to make it there though? It’s my belief that not signing any big-time pitchers will cost them a playoff appearance.

Los Angeles was making a push to try and sign the top free agent pitchers like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Zach Wheeler. But when all three signed elsewhere, that’s when they shifted their focus to sign Rendon.

We know the lineup is going to produce a lot of runs this year. On the other hand, the pitching is the main issue with this team. After striking out on the top free agent pitchers, the Angels made some smaller signings.

They traded for Dylan Bundy and Matt Andriese and signed right-hander, Julio Teheran to a one-year deal. Andrew Heaney and Shohei Ohtani will round out the five.

Ohtani’s pitching status is still yet to be determined after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year. That would leave Patrick Sandoval in the fifth spot.

The bullpen is also a question mark. Last season, the bullpen wasn’t awful. They were just put in tough positions by the starters who did not go far in their starts.

They’ll get back Kenyan Middleton, who missed most of last season due to Tommy John Surgery. He gave up one run in just under eight innings, improving his change-up greatly.

Can Hansel Robles be a consistent closer? Will Cam Bedrosian and Noe Ramirez be effective and solid? Can Ty Buttrey bounce back after a 6.93 ERA after the month of June?

Postseason Appearance?

A wild-card appearance would be a step in the right direction for this club after losing 90 games for the first time in over 20 years last season.

Therefore, I don’t think the Angels will make the playoffs in 2020. The lineup is going to deliver, but the pitching has too many question marks. I have them finishing the season in third place again at 32-28.

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