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2020 MLB Los Angeles Angels World Series Odds & Picks

Mike Trout Has Some Help
Entering the 2020 Season

For most of Mike Trout’s career, he has been out of the limelight. The best player in the game has only been to the postseason one time in his nine years in the big leagues, showing that you can’t do it all by yourself in baseball. This year figures to be different though.

The Angels are putting a contender around Trout, and the acquisition of Anthony Rendon coupled with hiring Joe Maddon means that this team appears poised to return to the postseason in 2020.

2020 Los Angeles Angels World Series
Betting Online Odds at FanDuel: +3500

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2020 Los Angeles Angels
Season World Series Odds Overview

The Angels are still seen as a bit of a dark horse to win the World Series. They have posted four straight losing seasons, and their pitching staff imploded in 2019. This team will have to improve across the board to return to the playoffs, but the Angels can’t be counted out in this division.

American League West

Houston is still the team to beat in the AL West, but the Athletics and Angels are closing in on the Astros. The Angels are +650 to win the AL West at FanDuel, and they are expected to surge ahead of the Rangers and Mariners in 2020.

On the Hill

Shohei Ohtani will return to the mound in 2020 after missing all last season due to Tommy John surgery. Ohtani was solid in 51.2 innings of work in 2018, posting a 1.161 WHIP in 10 starts and an 11.0 K/9. While preparing to pitch again, he has been incredibly valuable due to his production at the plate. Ohtani has a .883 OPS since coming to the United States in 2018, and he is still developing at the age of 25. If he can ever grow into his potential, he will be one of the five most valuable players in the game.

The fact that Ohtani is seen as the top arm in the rotation highlights the Angels’ shortcomings in this area. In the offseason, the front office made a bid to improve in this area by signing two pitchers that were seen as top prospects last decade.

Julio Teheran has vacillated between hot and cold during his MLB career. For whatever reason, Teheran has largely shined in even number years with his best WHIP numbers being posted in 2012, 2016, 2014, and 2018, while he has been a league average pitcher in odd numbered years. He was signed to a one-year deal by the Angels, so they are hoping that trend continues this season.

Dylan Bundy has yet to live up to his potential. Bundy has allowed a whopping 114 home runs in 612.2 innings of action over the last four seasons, but he still has decent stuff. The Angels signed him to a one-year contract hoping he can figure some things out, and that’s worth the risk for a player has ballyhooed as Bundy.

At the Plate

Trout was the best player in baseball during the 2010s. He ended the decade with a 1.000 OPS over nine seasons, and he was named the AL MVP three times while finishing runner-up four times. Trout has led MLB in OPS+ for each of the last four seasons, and he has led the majors in runs, stolen bases, walks, OBP, OPS, and total bases at various points over his career. He shined no signs of slowing down last season, leading to Trout signing a record 12-year, $426.5 million contract in the offseason.

Rendon was signed away from the Nationals on a deal worth $245 million over the winter. Rendon will immediately become the second-best hitter in the Angels’ lineup and pairing him with Trout and Ohtani could give this team the deadliest trio of sluggers in the majors. He is coming off the best season of his career with almost as many walks as strikeouts, and he posted a 1.010 OPS last season.

Albert Pujols is in the penultimate year of his contract with the Angels, and his production has tailed off considerably. That was always expected when he signed his 10-year deal with this club at the end of the 2011 season, but he has been a subpar hitter for the last three years. He hasn’t posted an OPS+ north of 100 since 2016, and he has only been selected to the All-Star team once since moving to Los Angeles. A resurgence of any sort would really help the Angels since they have no real power in the back half of the lineup.

2020 Los Angeles Angels World Series Projection

This team has what you’re looking for as a sleeper in terms of potential. Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon are three of the most talented players in the game, and the addition of Teheran and Bundy could make this team a real contender.

2020 Los Angeles Angels World Series Free Pick:
The talent is there for a surprise season

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