The Angels Are Finally Acting Like A Contender

Anthony Rendon #6 and Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Guardians 4-1 in a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 26, 2022 in Anaheim, California.
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After more than a few years, it looks like we can finally say that the Los Angeles Angels have a team worthy of Mike Trout‘s status as an MLB superstar.

It’s almost unfathomable that a team that has had Trout since 2012 and Shohei Ohtani since 2018 has only made the playoffs once in the last ten years, in 2014.

But after Ohtani’s breakout and some sizable investments on the pitching staff, the Angels are finally ready to contend in the AL West and the American League.

“The @Angels win and are 4 games over .500 for the first time in more than a year, per @LAAngelsPR research. AL West is fascinating this year — worth staying up to watch for Eastern Time Zone baseball fans,” MLB Network’s Jon Morosi wrote on Twitter.

The 2022 Angels Look Legit

The 11-7 Angels are just half a game behind the AL West leaders, the Seattle Mariners, and look primed to fight with them and the Houston Astros all season long for the top spot in the division.

The Astros, who went to the World Series last year, don’t look quite as strong this time around and could potentially be beat.

It won’t be easy though, and the Mariners also look stronger than recent seasons.

It should be a nice three-way fight for the division title.

The Angels, with Trout mashing and Ohtani doing his thing from the mound and from the plate, are finally a quality team after many years of mediocrity.

Pitching additions Noah Syndergaard, Michael Lorenzen, Aaron Loup, and Ryan Tepera have all pitched very well, something that didn’t happen often with the 2021 Angels.

With a strong lineup and some really good pitchers, the Angels could be primed for a nice season.

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