It's never for lack of trying with the Angels. They have so many great players, and stacked the team with so many more, and it just didn't come together. Again. Now, with Thor, and potentially another big contract, people are thinking it'll be 2022 for them. No. Not with the Mariners and Astros looking like they do.
Anyway, Shohei Ohtani won an MVP this year. I obviously made one of him as a hitter. So here's a new card representing his pitching prowess, where he also did pretty well, with 23 starts, the most of ANY LA starter, a 3.18 ERA, a 9-2 record and 156 Ks. For a guy who has a day job as DH, that's pretty phenomenal, and clearly his best pitching numbers yet.
2022 Prediction: A 4 ERA, but still 35 homers.
Speaking of MVPs, around May, sportswriters were claiming that Mike Trout was off to his best start yet, and had some numbers that were looking very MVP-esque. As it tends to be with Trout lately, he got injured shortly after those articles came out, and didn't play the rest of the year. Over 36 games, Trout hit .333 with 18 RBIs and 8 homers, which is still some sharp stuff, even if it was limited.
2022 Prediction: I hope the Angels get the full year of Trout next year, they deserve one. He won't win an MVP, but he'll reestablish dominance over the league.
2022 Prediction: Oh he'll have a better season, but not anywhere close to his Nats numbers. Like, .280 with 75 RBIs. This is the new normal.
2022 Prediction: Does not finish the season in an Angels uniform. Might be the end of the road for him, too.
2022 Prediction: Will be a surprise standout in San Francisco once a major rotation piece [Disco or Webb] goes down.
2022 Prediction: More offensive heft, and a full year of starts, but the defensive numbers might be an issue.
2022 Prediction: More clutch hitting and perhaps a surprising amount of starts. Just not for the Angels evidently.
Coming Tomorrow- An Astros team that, once again, nearly won a World Series.