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2021 Angels Win Total Bet: How Many Games Will LAA Win?
2021 Angels Wins Over/Under
- Over 83.5 (-110)
- Under 83.5 (-110)
The Angels have not won more than 83 games since 2015. If you prorate last season’s 28-32 record, that comes out to below the mark as well. This team has been mired in mediocrity since bringing on Albert Pujols and it is unfortunate given the slugger’s stardom. They are a laughing-stock but more so due to misfortunate rather than incompetence (though, a mix of both). The Angels notoriously can not keep their pitchers healthy.
Whether it be Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning or Matt Shoemaker, for some reason, there is no consistency. Now, this could be an organizational issue that stems from the pitching philosophy/training staff or it could just be the worst luck possible. While it may seem disrespectful to include the deceased Tyler Skaggs, he was also struggling to stay on the mound as well during his time in Anaheim. Then there is Shohei Ohtani, their all-world, two-way asset who has been more of a hitter than pitcher after Tommy John surgery in 2018 and his flexor-pronator mass in 2020.
Hell, the pitching doesn’t even matter if you cannot hit and the Angels have hardly gotten that right.
They have THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME IN MIKE TROUT and still cannot form a consistently top-10 offense. Of course, baseball is a sport that is the sum-of-its-parts where you are only as good as your “worst" players but it sure helps to have a near 1.000~ OPS at the top of the order every game. They even added Anthony Rendon, an MVP-caliber bat who gets on base nearly as much as Trout yet they were just 14th in wRC+ in 2019 and 10th in 2020.
The improvement is positive for their outlook, as is the health of Ohtani who is looking fantastic in Spring Training but actually translating it matters more than anything. Top prospect Jo Adell is likely blockaded until his bat can make contact while the addition of Dexter Fowler acts as a stop-gap. David Fletcher and Jose Iglesias are similar-ish contact guys who get on base decently enough but provide little-to-no pop. Jared Walsh provides *some* upside at 1B (though I am skeptical) and the only other difference-maker is a Justin Upton bounce-back that is possible given positives via Statcast but hard to bank on given his age of nearly 34.
All of these issues could be mitigated if the Angels had a better farm system or spent more money this offseason on stars or just contributors but due to the money they had already spent on Upton, Pujols, Rendon, Trout, etc. they must have felt capped…
2021 Angels Win Total Wager: Under 83.5 wins (-110)
This pains me to say because even as a Dodgers fan, I don’t hate the Angels, I pity them. Fellow Armenian, Perry Minasian, is in charge of the roster as their new GM and comes from a smart organization like the Braves but is operating under the watch of Arte Moreno, one of the worst owners in baseball.
While Bundy is a very good SP, you cannot bank on him as your ace even after last season’s success. Minasian did a fantastic job re-structuring the Angels bullpen over the offseason and adding pitching depth in Jose Quintana and Alex Cobb but unless this team is blessed with health luck, it is hard to imagine them making it through a now “normal" season unscathed. Depth is only great if you are complimenting a solid top-end.
Even their bats are untrustworthy on play-time. Trout is now coming off of back-to-back-to-back-to-back seasons with injury issues affecting his play-time and given that the last two were lower-body, I’m growing worried. Even Rendon, who hasn’t really been bit by the injury bug since 2015, is only playing between 135-145 games based on his recent history. Ohtani is going to get his rest days as well, meaning that every competent bat in the heart of this order will miss likely significant time.
The Angels at full-strength easily smash this over but that is a pipe dream based on their history.
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