Angels’ fans are praying that 2007 will not be a repeat of 2006 baseball betting season.
Last MLB betting year this team had a legitimate shot of dethroning the reining division champs, the Oakland A’s. They poured it on at the end, finishing up the baseball betting season with a 7-3 burst.
However it wasn’t enough as the A’s had built up a comfortable lead in the first part of the baseball betting season and cruised to a four game lead over the Angels at the end of the MLB betting season. However, there was one principal factor behind the Angel’s coming up short and that was a terrible rash of injuries. Pitching, fielding, batting, you name it, there wasn’t a single aspect of their performance that wasn’t affected by injury.
But in the off season this MLB betting team has been taking their vitamins, drinking their water and eating their vegetables in the hopes of coming strong and healthy to make another serious run at the A’s in 2007 baseball betting season.
L.A.’s 89-73 baseball betting record last year was nothing to sneeze at but it just wasn’t quite good enough to win the AL West. This MLB betting team was solid both at home and on the road with nearly identical baseball betting winning records both, home and away. The baseball betting team will have to improve the number of wins and hope to do so with a powerful offense. Lead by 2005 AL MVP Vlad “the impaler” Guererro, there is plenty of punch in this lineup if they can avoid injury this baseball betting season. At catcher the MLB betting team has plenty of depth and there will likely be plenty of platooning here, which for the position of catcher, can be ideal if worked with efficiently. Mike Napoli looks like he’ll be the one starting out here, but his back ups Jose Molina and Jeff Mathis will see plenty of action as well.
On the bases this MLB betting team is not at its best. In the off season the Angels signed free agent Shea Hillenbrand who is definite improvement over what the baseball betting team had before. Hillenbrand brings a solid bat to the lineup if nothing else. At second, the Angels are going with rookie Howie Kendrick, who so far looks great and according to all the scouts should be able to contribute immediately. The Angels certainly hope and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t, but it’s never fun entering the baseball betting season with an unknown quantity.
Third base is real mess for this baseball betting team and it will be interesting to see how it turns out. Chone Figgins has been assigned to cover third in 2007 baseball betting season even though he is a natural out fielder. The signing of Gary Matthews Jr. in the off-season made the move necessary and the Angels think this will pay off, but allowing both players on the field at the same time. The only down side is that Figgins’ ob base percentage is awful. He’s got good speed, but that’s not such a huge asset at third, and especially not if he can’t get on base. Injuries to Dallas McPherson, another third baseman have made the move permanent for now and this could be a sore spot.
The outfield is strong once again led by Vlad and his huge numbers, and it’s even better this baseball betting year with the free agent signing of Matthews. This baseball betting group should be very solid in the field and it should be also more than productive at the plate; could be one of the best outfields in baseball betting when you add in Anderson to the mix and his usual 20 homers and 90 RBIs. If healthy, the outfield should be the anchor of this baseball betting team.
The pitching staff of this baseball betting team has some question marks though. Bartolo Colon is the biggest of them all, and no one is sure how he’ll come back after major injuries and he won’t even debut until after May. On the whole, this is a very sharp bunch and the young stars at the top of the rotation, Ervin Santana and Jared Weaver should pick up nicely where they left off last baseball betting season. The bull pen is not quite as productive but still decent. K-Rod the mighty closer is very good at his job, and when you add in the newly acquired Justin Speier, a flamethrower, and reliable set up man Scott Sheilds there’s nothing to be ashamed about here.
In summary, expect this baseball betting team to give the A’s a run for their money. With some of the new acquisitions in the field, the batting lineup should have plenty of strength and very few holes. Pitching should also come around and expect Colon to pick up right where he left off and have a great baseball betting year when he returns. This baseball betting team should win at least ninety games and maybe even the AL West pennant.