American League battle between these two teams is being carefully observed by bettors at the MLB odds as most sportsbooks has presented the betting pros & cons for this upcoming season showcase.
The Texas farm system has a wealth of talent which will start filtering into the majors in 2016 and 2017, but not this season and they have definite holes which their MLB odds for win total of 78 suggests.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after winning 98 games a season ago are in “win now” mode and have to take advantage of having aging players with massive contracts and knockdown a World Series or two to justify their salaries.
Here is what we see from both AL West squads this upcoming season against the MLB betting odds and we will see them face off again later this spring.
Projected Win Total 88 wins – 1st in the AL West
Two pieces to the Angels puzzle for 2015 are uncertain; however, at least one is looking brighter. Los Angeles is presumed to be challenged in the division race by up and coming Seattle, who at least on paper has better overall pitching up and down the staff.
One important cog in the wheel for the Angels to return as division champs and probably hurt them badly against Kansas City in the playoffs was the loss of starter Garrett Richards. The hard-throwing talent right-hander blew out his knee last August, when he was arguably their best pitcher at the time. If Richards can return to full strength, this helps the Halos immensely. Talking to an individual familiar with a behind the scenes look at Richards, he looks very good thus far and if all goes well, should be back on the Angels roster in the latter stages of April.
Josh Hamilton is another story and nobody knows how that will play out. If Hamilton returns, the scrutiny will be intense and if he does not, somebody (or multiple individuals) has to pick up those 600 at bats and be productive if the Angels are to be the top scoring team in baseball again.
Manager Mike Scioscia has the type of roster he likes with flexibility to play different ways against different opponents. However, the Angels were assembled to win championships with the money spent and players like Hamilton, Jered Weaver and Albert Pujols trending downward, this could make the Orange County Angels a risky choice for sports picks to reach 88 wins.
Rangers vs. Angels Game Notes
The aforementioned Santiago continues to be plagued by grooving pitches and was taken deep. Most of the other Angels hurlers are bit players.
The one pitcher who was the most impressive was 6’6 non-roster invitee Scott Snodgress, who worked an inning and third and presumably is being looked at as a situational left-hander.
The first four runs by Anaheim came off the bats of C.J. Cron and Marc Krauss, who each hit two-run homers to lead the Halos attack.