Los Angeles Angels
After acquiring Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Loup, and having a healthy Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, expectations were high for this Halos ballclub. After starting out 27-17, a devastating 14-game losing streak began which led to the firing of manager Joe Maddon and saw the loss of star third baseman Anthony Rendon to injury yet again.
By the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Angels were 15 games under .500 and decided to sell. It’s frustrating to baseball fans that the Angels continue to miss the playoffs with Trout and Ohtani. This year was even more embarrassing than last, as the Halos are hovering around 14 games below .500.
Going into the season, I was worried about the Angels roster depth … with good reason. Though they paid big for Trout and Rendon, the Angels failed to invest in their roster depth. Unsurprisingly, the Halos found themselves dead last in combined offensive production from their six through nine hitters in the lineup.
The clock is ticking for the Los Angeles Angels. Trout is getting older and Ohtani is a free agent after the 2023 season. The Angels better hope to be in playoff contention next year or else they may very well lose Ohtani and become a laughingstock of an MLB franchise.