The Angels are a big question mark every season. They always have the talent, but they never have the pitching. They are trying to do something about that, but I don’t think they are anywhere near where they want to be yet. Shoehi Ohtani is a stud, but he can only pitch once every week. Noah Syndergaard is a good addition but who knows how healthy he will be. After that, there isn’t really anyone. Raisel Iglesias is a great closing option, but they have no one to get them to the 9th inning. This team still needs about 3 or 4 starting pitchers, as well as multiple relivers to become a contender. It’s honestly kind of sad how poorly constructed this roster is year in and year out. They have an absolutely stacked lineup that we will get into in a second, but their pitching staff is the bare minimum.
Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout, Jo Adell, Justin Upton, and Jared Walsh round out one of the best lineups in the league. This top half of the lineup can honestly compete with anyone in baseball. Their whole lineup can compete really, but their pitching will hold them back. The Angels Regular Season Win Total is set at 84.5 which doesn’t give much wiggle room. They won just 77 games last season although they were missing Mike Trout for most of it. I think this lineup should keep this team competitive all season, but their pitching will prove to not be enough again. The win total is just about dead on. They are exactly even to make the playoffs at +100 and I wanted to take them so bad. But they still haven’t addressed the single most glaring need they have had for all of Mike Trout’s Angels tenure. Pitching. I would agree that I think they have about a 50-50 chance to make the playoffs, so there isn’t value at +100. But until this team invests in pitching, they won’t contend in this league.