The Los Angeles Angels went 8 straight without a postseason appearance and 7 without a winning record. They’re one of the worst teams in baseball since they last made the postseason, even though two good players in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have been in the postseason all or most of the time. was one.
ESPN predicted the 2023 season too early, leaving the Angels as mediocre as a team as possible.
What that tells me is that they could very easily make it to the playoffs with just a few more moves. 2023 is going to be a very interesting and important year for this franchise.
The Angels rotation should be very good. We all know how good Shohei Ohtani is, but the rotation is deeper than it has been in years. Tyler Anderson is nearing the end of his Dodgers career. He’s significantly upgraded the likes of Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen.
The Angels had three promising lefties in Patrick Sandoval, Reid Detmers and Jose Suarez finish the season very well. If they go one step further, this rotation could be the best rotation in the league. They were sixth in starting ERA and ninth in team ERA last season in all of baseball without Anderson. They could still use another starter to round out the rotation, but things are being seen in the pitching department.
MLBTradeRumors’ Simon Hampton wrote about the Angels’ potential elite rotation. He recommends reading it.
The Marlins and Red Sox are in talks about various possible trades, with Miami reportedly eyeing Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas. Casas struggled when he was called up to Boston at the end of the year, but Miami needs bats, especially power bats, and Casas is a high-end prospect with team control. With a pitcher like Pablo Lopez potentially headed to Boston, is there a trade going on?
Things have been very quiet the last few days. Hopefully the staff are back from vacation and things pick up again!