With opening weekend underway baseball fans are excited for their favorite team to make a push for a championship. Angel fans are no exception to this with huge expectations going into this season with the moves the organization has made in the offseason. Here are some things that should excite every Angels fan going into the 2022 season.
Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon in the Same Lineup
In 2019, when Anthony Rendon signed with the Angels the baseball world was shocked by the fact there would be a line of Rendon, Trout, and Ohtani. Since his outstanding run with the Nationals, we have not seen the same hitting machine that he was with the Nationals, whether it has been COVID not giving him a chance to get going, or last year being hurt most of the year.
This year he comes in fully healthy along with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. The three healthy is a real problem for any pitching staff in the league. Last year we saw the monster numbers Ohtani can do by himself. Pair that with Trout, who is always in the MVP conversation, and Rendon who is an all-around great hitter it could lead to huge offensive numbers.
The Return of Thor
Angels fans should also be excited about signing Noah Syndergaard to a one-year contract and seeing what he can contribute to the rotation.
Coming off Tommy-John surgery has scared teams from signing him, leaving the door open for the Angels. The one-year deal really allows the Angels to see what they can get out of him to determine if they want to lock him up long-term.
The risk though, is that he will not be as effective as when he was with the Mets. But if it does not work out in the starting rotation he can always have a role in the bullpen and be effective, and because it is only a one-year deal, they do not have to resign him in the offseason if it does not work out.
Overall, Syndergaard coming back should excite fans throughout MLB because of how electric of a pitcher he can be.
The Wild American League Battle
This season the American League West will be a wild ride that everyone should keep their eyes on. Other than the Athletics each team in the division made significant signings to become better.
The Rangers" signing of Marcus Semien and Corey Seager makes the Rangers significantly better than they were last year. The Mariners acquiring Adam Frazier, Jesse Winker, and Robbie Ray are all significant pieces that will help them. And the Astros did not do much, but they have a winning culture giving them a slight advantage over the teams chasing them.
The Angels also made moves like doubling down and getting pitching help. But what will help them the most is getting a healthy Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon back that can compete with any of the lineups in the division.
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