The 2023 season is shaping up to be an enormous one for the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels finished with a sub.500 record for the seventh straight season despite another monster year from Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is set to enter his final season of team control, and all eyes will be on whether the Angels move the 2021 MVP, who had 70 extra-base hits and went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA in 2022 if they have another down season.
We all recall that Juan Soto was in a similar position as Ohtani when he was traded from the Washington Nationals to the San Diego Padres in 2022. Ohtani, who finished second in AL MVP voting and fourth for the AL Cy Young, is set to play the season under a one-year, $30 million contract, and Los Angeles is reportedly hopeful to agree to a contract extension with him before he is slated to hit free agency after the season.
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Angels Top Betting Odds 2023
Angels MLB betting odds are current as of March 6, 2023, from Caesars Sportsbook.
- Win World Series: (+4000)
- Win American League pennant: (+2200)
- Win AL West: (+1200)
- Over/Under Win Total: Over 81.5 (-110)/Under 79.5 (-110)
The Angels are in the loaded and improving American League West, which features the AL offseason champion Texas Rangers and sent the Seattle Mariners and World Series champion Houston Astros to the postseason in 2022. LA started hot before losing 14 in a row and going 19-46 in a 65-game span between May 24-Aug. 7, which cost manager Joe Maddon his job.
The Angels still have Ohtani in the lineup and on the mound every fifth day, as well as three-time AL MVP Mike Trout patrolling center field every day. Trout is coming off a 40-homer, 80-RBI season where he posted a .999 OPS in just 119 games but has only played 145 of a possible 324 games over the past two seasons.
Trout will be 31 on Aug. 7 but has just one postseason hit and hasn’t won a playoff game — he’s only participated in three over his now 11-season MLB tenure. He’s looking more and more like this generation’s Ernie Banks or Ken Griffey, Jr. as elite players that never reached the World Series.
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Angels Futures Bets 2023
Angels Win Total Under 81.5 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Los Angeles hasn’t won 80 games since 2018 and is on its third manager in that span. There is a possibility that third baseman Anthony Rendon stays healthy for more than one-third of the season, though he hasn’t yet in each of the past two campaigns, and he is set to turn 33 on June 6.
The Angels finished 13th in the AL in runs in 2022, although they added Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Drury in free agency to help. Still, the Ohtani situation is going to put pressure on the team to win right away. Otherwise, a pre-July 31 Ohtani trade seems likely.
Can Phil Nevin, who is managing under a one-year contract and tends to run hot, manage all that and guide the Angels to their first winning season since 2015? I’m not betting on it.
Angels Player Prop Bets 2023
Shohei Ohtani AL MVP (+200) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Ohtani is the preseason favorite, which makes sense since he’s finished in the top two in award voting each of the past two seasons. If Ohtani is healthy, and no other obvious candidates emerge, he is by far the most valuable player to any team in MLB since no single player can affect both sides of the game like the 28-year-old.
The obvious caveat is it’s going to be hard for the star pitcher and DH to win the league MVP if he’s traded midseason, especially to an NL team. An MVP has never won the award after switching teams, though we’ve also never seen a player quite like Ohtani, so if anyone’s going to do it, it would be him.
Mike Trout AL MVP (+600) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
I’m old enough to remember when Trout was the consensus best player in baseball before his two-way teammate took over that crown. Trout may be getting older and may have a degenerative back condition. Still, if there is a player who can hit, field, and play the Angels out of the litany of distractions, it’s the nine-time Silver Slugger who has finished top two in MVP voting seven times.
Trout enters the year with the third-shortest odds behind only Ohtani and reigning MVP Aaron Judge. If you’re worried about Judge regressing and/or Ohtani being traded, Trout is as good a bet as any.
How to Bet Angels Moneylines
Betting moneylines is the most simple way of wagering on MLB games. You simply pick which team will win in a given day, and if the team you chose is victorious, you win your wager.
Odds may look confusing but aren’t really. For instance, if the Angels are a -200 favorite to defeat the A’s, you’d need to bet $20 to win $10 in profit, or earn $0.50 profit per dollar wagered. If the Angels are a +150 underdog against the Astros, a bettor would win $15 profit on a $10 wager.
The odds will change each day depending on the Angels’ matchup and pitcher, so there’s always a new chance to get value.
How to Bet Angels Run Line
Run-line betting is the MLB version of wagering on the spread. In most MLB games, the spread is 1.5 runs, which means the favorite must win by at least two runs, and the underdog must either lose by one run or win outright.
If the Angels are a 1.5-run favorite over the As, the run line might look like this: Angels -1.5 (-110) vs A’s +1.5 (-110). In this scenario, a two-run Angels win would cash your wager.
Or if LA were an underdog against the Mariners, it might look like this: Angels +1.5 (-140) vs Mariners -1.5 (+115). In this instance, an LA win or one-run loss would pay out your bet.
How to Bet Angels Over/Unders
If you’re unsure about the Angels’ ability to cover the run line but don’t love the odds of wagering them on the moneyline, you can bet on the over/under, or total, in the game.
The over/under in baseball is typically about 8 for each game. If Ohtani is pitching, the under is a solid wager, especially if he isn’t in the Angels lineup. The over is always fun since more runs = more entertainment.
Typically the odds for over/under are between +100 and -120, so it’s a more consistent betting option too.