Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Angels, their season will be judged in October. The regular season matters, that’s obvious, but the team is on a mission to power through their disappointing exit from the 2014 playoffs, after finishing the regular season with the best record in the sport.
After going 96-64 and winning their sixth American League West division title in the 15 years they have been managed by Mike Scioscia, the Angels were swept three games to zero to the World Series runners up Kansas City Royals.
Now, the Angels must play 162 games before getting a chance to avenge their lackluster effort. The offense is centered around 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout, who batted .287 with 36 home runs and 111 RBI to earn the award at 23 years old. Other returning players include Albert Pujols at first base, Eric Aybar at shortstop, David Freese at third base, Kole Calhoun in right field and Chris Iannetta at catcher. There’s a new face at second base, Johnny Giavotella, who’s played 125 games in his MLB career. Left field is a question mark heading into the season, as Josh Hamilton’s timetable is uncertain with a disciplinary issue.
The rotation brings back 18-game winner Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago. Garrett Richards will join the rotation after he fully recovers from a knee injury that occurred late last season.
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Mike Trout will look to win back-to-back MVP awards following Miguel Cabrera accomplishing the feat in 2012 and 2013. Prior to Cabrera, the last player to do it was Trout’s teammate, Albert Pujols, in 2008 and 2009.