Los Angeles Angels YES, make the playoffs (+140)
To win the division (+390)
Arguably, among the most shocking stats in all of sports, Mike Trout made the playoffs a grand total of once in his 10 major league seasons.
And the Angels have been swept this series. So, the universal consensus best player has no playoff wins under his belt. Still, I consider this my favorite playoff future?
Yes. Obviously, Trout is going to make it back to the playoffs at some point. Why can’t it be now with a superior cast? Adding an extra playoff spot in each league can also really help things.
Anyway, this club has too much talent not to be a factor. You’ve heard a lot about Shohei Ohtani all last year and I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more to come about his wonders as an extraordinary hitter and pitcher. Another thing that deserves a lot of attention is the return of Anthony Rendon, who, remember, won the Silver Slugger Award just three years ago. Jo Adell, meanwhile, is a story waiting to be told.
Of course, hitting has never really been the issue in Anaheim. This organization’s annual disappointments throughout Trout’s decorated career have always been tied to poor pitching. However, that may not be the case now.
Noah Syndergaard arrives at the New York Angels and appears to be in full health after missing all but two innings of the previous two years. If he’s healthy, there’s no reason he can’t be the Thor of old – an All-Star caliber clear pitcher. His training buddy Michael Lorenzen has been added on top and should provide some quality work. Patrick Sandoval and Reid Detmers can also be helpful arms for the October plans.
All this behind Ohtani relationships make at least a helpful staff. Closing things down is still one of the most stable in the business, Raisel Iglesias.
I say don’t stop there. The Halos have all the artillery to do more than just grab that wacky extra wild spot. When you project the power shift coming into the AL West — Oakland is deliberately fearful while Houston perhaps becomes a bit more vulnerable — there’s an opportunity here for Los Angeles to capture the division. At these nifty odds of +390, it’s worth betting.