Angels 2019 Season Preview
Ready to check out our 2019 Los Angeles Angels predictions? Sure, they haven’t been good yet with Mike Trout but the Halos have the best player in baseball locked up for the next dozen seasons and a breath of fresh air in the dugout with Brad Ausmus set for his first season as the skipper.
MLB Angels Predictions & Handicapping Insight
2019 MLB Team Previews – Los Angeles Angels
- Angels Win Total 82.5
- Angels American League West Odds 10/1
- Angels American League Odds 30/1
- Angels World Series Odds 60/1
- Jonathan Lucroy
- Matt Harvey
- Trevor Cahill
- Justin Bour
- Cody Allen
Jonathan Lucroy doesn’t put up big numbers but he’s undoubtedly a positive influence in any clubhouse and handles pitchers well. He’ll help the staff, even if he doesn’t do much offensively.
Two of those starters will be Trevor Cahill, who pitched to Lucroy in Oakland last season, and Matt Harvey, who enjoyed a bit of a comeback with the Reds last year following the trade from New York. Both are injury-prone and can’t be counted on for much. If the Angels are counting on them for 250 innings, there’s a great chance they will wind up disappointed.
2019 Los Angeles Angels Predictions: Projected Lineup:
- OF Kole Calhoun
- OF Mike Trout
- OF Justin Upton
- 1B Justin Bour
- DH Albert Pujols
- SS Andrelton Simmons
- 3B Zack Cozart
- C Jonathan Lucroy
- 2B David Fletcher
Albert Pujols still getting regular at-bats in the middle of the lineup will continue to kill the Angels, unless he makes a remarkable turnaround, away from the direction his career has been headed.
Justin Bour will add some pop in the middle of the lineup but he is not a good defensive first baseman.
Kole Calhoun was horrendous last season but he’s shown he can be a productive player at the top of the lineup. It will be interesting to see how Brad Ausmus assesses him and how he ends up utilizing him.
2019 Los Angeles Angels Predictions: Projected Rotation:
- RH Matt Harvey
- LH Andrew Heaney
- LH Tyler Skaggs
- RH Jose Barria
- RH Trevor Cahill
Skaggs and Heaney are the two most dependable guys in this rotation, at least as it’s put together now. Neither is a rock, though. I just see so many ways this pitching could go nuclear in not much time.
2019 Los Angeles Angels Predictions: Projected Closer:
- RH Cody Allen
After four consecutive seasons of a WHIP between 1.00 and 1.16, Cody Allen posted 1.35 WHIP last season. The Angels decided a change of scenery would do him well and paid him.
He’s 30 years old, which, for a closer, is on the wrong side of the hill. Hopefully Ausmus can find some young arms, if Allen goes down or just doesn’t produce.
2019 Los Angeles Angels Predictions:
I just don’t see it going well. Pujols has been a liability for multiple seasons now; yet, they keep penciling him into that everyday lineup. Bour is sluggish in the field and is going to K a ton.
I hate what the front office did with the pitching staff with all of the injury-plagued veterans, who can’t be leaned on to navigate a postseason.
There’s so much pressure to put a winning team around Mike Trout but the Angels could be on their way there, had they torn some of the foundation down and started from the bottom, up, earlier. If they insist on trying to patch things together with duct tape, they’ll never get there.
That said, teams usually play well under new managers and I could see the Halos coming out hot under Ausmus. I’m not selling them early but I am selling them late. Overall, I’m going under the win total.
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