Los Angeles Angels 2020 Spring Training Preview

The Los Angeles Angels have not been to the postseason since 2014. They got rid of Brad Ausmus as the manager in the offseason. Los Angeles decided to bring in Joe Maddon as the new manager. Maddon decided to part ways with the Chicago Cubs last year. Joe Maddon was with the Angels as a bench coach in 2002.

That is crazy to see him back with Los Angeles. He will have a lot to fix up this season. They did make some moves in the offseason and Mickey Callaway will be the new pitching coach.

Callaway managed the New York Mets for the last two seasons until he was fired. He was a terrific pitching coach with the Cleveland Indians and that is why Mickey Callaway got a managerial job in the first place.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon signed a seven-year deal in the offseason worth $245 million. He played a huge role in the World Series Title with the Washington Nationals last season. They did beat the Houston Astros in seven games. Rendon was also a finalist for the National League MVP last season as well.

Speaking of Houston, they should win the American League West but it could be a mess for them this year due to the offseason investigation of the cheating scandals. It will be interesting to see what happens none the less.

The Angels are probably projected to finish in fourth or fifth in the American League West, but the second wild-card spot in the American League isn’t out of the question.

The Oakland Athletics will be good this season and so will the Texas Rangers. The Seattle Mariners will probably be the worst team in the division again.

The projected lineup for Los Angeles will be 1. (OF) Mike Trout 2. (3B) Anthony Rendon 3. (DH) Shohei Ohtani 4. (OF) Justin Upton 5. (1B) Albert Pujols 6. (2B) Tommy La Stella 7. (SS) Andrelton Simmons 8. (C) Jason Castro and 9. (OF) Brian Goodwin.

Trout is probably the best player in baseball and they were also supposed to get outfielder Joc Pederson and starting pitcher Ross Stripling from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade, but it fell through after the Mookie Betts and David Price trade was late.

Some of the key players coming off the bench this season will be: (C) Anthony Bemboom, (C) Max Stassi, (IF) David Fletcher, (IF) Jahmai Jones, (IF) Luis Rengifo, (IF) Matt Thaiss, (IF) Jared Walsh, (IF) Taylor Ward, and (OF) Michael Hermosillo.

The projected starting rotation will be 1. Julio Teheran 2. Andrew Heaney 3. Dylan Bundy 4. Griffin Canning and 5. Shohei Ohtani.

They are going to have to find another starter to fill for Ohtani until he is able to pitch again.

Keynan Middleton will most likely be the closer for this baseball team this season.

Pitchers and catchers reported on Tuesday, February 11. The rest of the roster has to report on Sunday, February 16.

The Los Angeles Angels will play their spring training games at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. They will begin spring training play on Saturday, February 22 in a split-squad series. They will be on the road against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona and also at home against the Kansas City Royals.

Los Angeles will begin the season on the road against the Houston Astros for a four-game set starting on Thursday, March 26 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

The Angels will have their home opener at Angels Stadium against Houston as well starting on Friday, April 3 for a three-game set and it could very well be big for both of these teams.

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