|L.A. Angels of Anaheim 2006 summary|
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim History
- Baseball odds fans know that the very name that they now use is an outstanding example of how the Angels have been in a constant struggle for their own identity while operating in the shadows of the baseball gambling tradition laden Los Angeles Dodgers
- LA ANGELS OF ANAHEIM 2007 PREVIEW
LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM 2008 SUMMARY
Baseball bet odds on the Angels should be similar in 2008. Baseball bet online stats show that the Angels were one of just two teams in the American League to finish in the top five in runs scored and runs allowed.
The Angels ranked fourth in the American League with 822 runs scored according to baseball bet online stats and fifth in the American League with 731 runs allowed according to baseball bet online stats. The Angels have improved themselves from last season as baseball bet online experts report them signing outfielder Torii Hunter. The Angels also got Jon Garland from the White Sox in a move that baseball bet online experts believe will strengthen their pitching staff.
The Angels still have Vladimir Guerrero and his big bat in the lineup. They will be missing shortstop Orlando Cabrera who they gave up in the Garland deal. Erick Aybar will have a chance to take over the job at short according to baseball bet online experts. With Hunter in center the Angels will move Gary Matthews Jr. to left field and Garrett Anderson will become the DH according to baseball bet online experts. The infield will have Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis in the middle with prospect Brandon Wood expected to make an impact according to baseball bet experts.
The corners are manned by Chone Figgins at third base and Casey Kotchman at first. Figgins led the Majors in on-base percentage from the leadoff spot last season, reaching base at a .415 clip while hitting a career-best .330, sixth in the American League according to baseball bet online stats. Kotchman was on his way to a career year when he was sidelined by injuries, but he still finished with a .296 average and career highs in doubles (37), homers (11) and RBIs (68) according to baseball bet online stats. Baseball bet experts see that the Angels have Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis behind the plate.
The addition of Garland means the Angels now have a rotation of John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar, Jered Weaver and Garland. Joe Saunders can pitch out of the five spot. Baseball bet experts know that the Angels also have a great bullpen with closer Francisco Rodriguez and setup man Scot Shields. Their bullpen finished last year ranked third in the American League with a .242 batting average against according to baseball bet online stats.