The Los Angeles Angels have every intention of getting themselves off the mat as 2014 ended abruptly. After finishing the regular season with the best record in baseball and an AL West division championship, the Angels were swept by the World Series runner up Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.
Fortunately, the Angels bring back many of the same pieces from the previous season and are in position to compete for another chance at a World Series championship, led by the 2014 regular season MVP Mike Trout. Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs and 111 RBI to earn the award at 23 years old. Supporting Trout is future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols and slugger Josh Hamilton. The Angels also have a top of the rotation starter in Jered Weaver, who is coming off an 18-win season.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim will be filled game after game as it’s filled by one of the best fan bases in baseball. As the start of the season approaches, we can take a look at the home games in April that have the highest average ticket price, according to ScoreBig.com.
4/10/2015 | Angels vs. Kansas City Royals | Avg: $109.43 | Get-in: $27
The Angels can put 2014 behind them right away, as they take on the Kansas City Royals on April 10th for the team’s home opener. The Royals were the most surprising team in 2014. The team’s young talent put together an almost fairytale season just falling short by losing in the World Series. The Angels opening series is against the Seattle Mariners on the road earlier in the week.
4/24/2015 | Angels vs. Texas Rangers | Avg: $62.35 | Get-in: $18
2014 was a season to forget for the Texas Rangers. As injuries lingered up and down the lineup, the Rangers finished with the third-worst record in all of baseball and last in the AL West division. Ex-manager Ron Washington resigned on September 5th and looks to do a complete 180 behind Jeff Banister. Shin-soo Choo, Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre look to put the ugly year behind them.
4/21/2015 | Angels vs. Oakland Athletics | Avg: $56.07 | Get-in: $13
The new-look Athletics look to continue their winning ways with some new pieces in 2015. After moving on from offensive staples Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss, the Athletics look to get big years from Ike Davis, Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Brett Lawrie. The Angels and Athletics have had a healthy rivalry during the past few seasons, and it seems that will continue.
The Angels are in prime position to win back-to-back AL West division championships, and hope the motivation from last year’s abrupt exit will propel them to new heights in 2015.