The last stop on this MLB handicapper's Cactus League tour was in Mesa, the new home for Oakland Athletics. The MLB odds are saying the Athletics are not close to the past three seasons.
From 2012 to 2014, the A’s won 94, 96 and 88 games respectively and last year went for the gusto in adding players to make a World Series push since they were the best team in big leagues most of the season, once being 28 games over .500.
But a 16-30 finish had them meekly making the playoffs as a wild card and they were dismissed by Kansas City.
We saw Oakland on our first stop of the spring and now we have a more complete picture of the MLB odds and what to look for this season, along with a recap on the Los Angeles Angels who we reported on previously.
L.A. Angels – Projected Win Total 88 wins – 2nd in the AL West
The Angels were the top scoring team in baseball a year ago at 4.7 runs per game and were 98-64 (+21.1 units), which was the best record in the big leagues. Though they are unlikely to receive the same production at second base withHowie Kendrick now wearing Dodger Blue, they enter the season confident they can score as many runs, which would please those who backed them last season for MLB picks.
Albert Pujols starts the season the healthiest he’s been since dawning an Angels uniform and has shown more power to right center. David Freese is lighter and his bat speed has impressed coaches. Outfielder Matt Joyce had a .341 on-base percentage in four years at Tampa Bay and C.J. Cron looks even stronger in his second season.
If these four players improve and Mike Trout reduces his strikeouts and increases his batting average, no reason this team does not repeat as division champs and surpass 88 wins, as long a Garrett Richards picks up where he left off last season as starting pitcher when he returns from DL. This is definitely exciting news for those who are ready to make MLB picks!