The perennially competitive Angels always seem to be in the MLB odds post season hunt under the leadership of Mike Scioscia, but it will be tough to improve on last season’s 100 wins in the MLB betting odds, especially with the departure of several key players from their ’08 MLB odds success.
MLB odds makers clearly like this team’s chances especially in an AL West that has gotten progressively weaker over the past few MLB odds seasons. The team is stacked at the plate and on the mound and barring an act of god or some other crazy event, the Angels look to be the front runner to win the AL West in the MLB betting odds.
Vlad Guerrero put up solid numbers last year during his MLB odds plate appearances last season hitting .303 with 27 HRs and 91 RBIs but he was hobbled by injuries most of the MLB betting odds season. He’s coming off surgery and should be healthy enough to put up even better numbers this MLB odds season. Torii Hunter was also solid with 20 HRs and a .278 average but he’ll have to pick up his production if the Angels want to win the MLB odds division. New Arrival Bobby Abreu will look to resuscitate his flagging career in LA and they could desperately use the help with the loss of slugger Mark Texiera who came on board mid-season to salvage this team’s MLB odds playoff hopes.
Also gone is closer Francisco Rodriguez who set the MLB odds record for most saves in a single season last year. His production will be difficult to replace but the Angels think they’ve found the answer in LHP Brain Fuentes, acquired from the Colorado Rockies in the MLB odds off-season.
On the mound the team has the strongest starting rotation in the AL West and is one of the better group of starters in all the MLB odds. The team’s number one spot in the rotation is likely to go to John Lackey (12-5, 3.75 ERA in the 2008 MLB odds season). But the there’s little separation between the team’s top three pitchers and Joe Saunders and Ervin Santanna could very likely outshine Lackey. Last MLB odds season, both pitchers had more wins and a lower ERA. This is one of the best pitching trios in the MLB odds competition.
All things considered, on the mound and at the plate, the Angels seem a lock for the MLB odds post season.
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