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  1. 4 points
    Worst off-season this year will be the team that gives Machado a 10 year contract.
  2. 3 points
    Just a few more ten days....
  3. 2 points
    Kind of like the Angel's after 2002?
  4. 2 points
    You can never predict what will and won't go right, and that's maddening. 2014, pretty much everything that could go right, did. 2016-2018, pretty much everything that could go wrong, did. In these predictions, we assume neutral fortune, but nothing about the Angels in the last 5 years has been neutral as it seems to be for most teams. If it's neutral, I'm just going to go ahead and assume a few things I probably shouldn't. - Jon Lucroy is an upgrade both offensively and defensively. The numbers away from Oakland were much better and the way he handled that pitching staff was pretty miraculous. +1 win. - Pujols will continue to fall off the proverbial cliff, which makes the team worse, but Justin Bour's presence should make up for the deficit. +/-0 - Despite the lackluster offensive performance, Kinsler was still worth 2.5 wins in 2/3 of a season with the Angels. Putting Cozart or Fletcher or even La Stella out there, I think it's hard to predict them being worth more than that. +/-0. - It's hard to predict Andrelton Simmons being better than the 6 wins he was worth last year, though I do get the feeling he's going to have a career year at the plate this next season. Still, +/-0 - Cozart and Ward were hot garbage at third base last year, and both figure to get the majority of the starts at third base again. There's no way to confidently predict they'll be better. - Kole Calhoun will be better, but still not great. He's got the right environment, right coach, and he's in a contract year. +1 win. - Mike Trout will be Mike Trout. He might get hurt and be worth 8 wins, he may be healthy and in top form and be worth 13. I'm going to say he's worth 11, so +2. - Justin Upton is as consistent as they get. +/-0 - Shohei Ohtani is likely to miss Spring Training, which has proven to be a killer for most hitters. But he'll also log more at bats than he did last year, so I'll say it's break even. +/-0 - Starting rotation: They were blessed with a half year of Richards and Ohtani, and the staff this year quite frankly can't match that unless Harvey is in his rookie form, which no one predicts. They also had the best 2/3 of a season that Tyler Skaggs has ever pitched. And Jaime Barrie's performance does not appear to be repeatable based on his peripheral stats. However, these some room for optimism, Andrew Heaney is another year removed from Tommy John surgery and has been as consistent as they come. He's entering his prime now, so he'll likely improve. Tyler Skaggs has also reached his physical peak and can hopefully replicate last years performance but across a full season. The addition of Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill has a lot of directions it can go. But it's fair to say both will likely be better than they were last year. But the big difference between last year and this year figures to be depth. Pena, Canning, Suarez, Sandoval are all a lot better than what was there beyond the starting five last year. Still, because of the lack of upside in this unit, I think they're pretty much going to break even with last year's staff, but will be better in one key way, working deeper into ball games. +/-0. Bullpen: Statistically, last year's unit wasn't bad, and statsticlaly' this years unit should be about the same, though they do figure to be deeper. I'll say +/-0. Conclusion: The pessimist in me says this is likely a 76 win team in 2019. The optimist says this is a 93 win team. The luck neutral version of this crap job at predicting/projecting says they're an 85 win team. And that's basically what I see right now, 85 wins. Not good enough for a wild card spot, they'll probably remain about 5 games out the majority of the season. But they will finish above the Rangers and Mariners, and probably even with the A's. If Eppler was willing to bring in Mike Moustakas or Jed Lowrie, then I could see them being an 87-88 win ball club, and if they brought in Shelby Miller or Drew Pomeranz and it actually worked out, they could be an 89/90 win team. These things are certainly doable within their budget. The Angels do have the available resources to win the second wild card and stay within budget. But I don't think do it. I think Eppler's pretty much done after spending 24 million.
  5. 2 points
    Stradling

    2019-20 Free Agent Class

    They’ve been rebuilding for 3 plus years, I can’t understand how someone who follows this team as closely as most here don’t see that.
  6. 2 points
    Something somethng.... Punting....
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    lol I’ve seen this before Oh right the last couple off seasons... “The Angels MUST be saving money for next off season” Next off season comes and we get more of the same signings and on field results. At this point there is no reason to believe that they’re planning on doing anything more than seeing the farm play out and extending Trout while Eppler continues to fling poo against the wall during FA hoping something eventually sticks.
  9. 2 points
    Crampknees

    Trumped

    I want to be one of those flying monkeys but with a MAGA hat.
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    it really bums me out that they tendered that POS a contract.
  12. 1 point
    Insider-only article by a staff writer ranks the Angels in the "Big Gainers" category with the Nats, Reds, and Mets. Something for the "less is more" / "trust Eppler" partisans. 4. Los Angeles Angels Change: Gain of 5.6 wins Current forecast: 87.5 wins (2019 rank: 9 | 2018 final rank: 15) The Angels have added Matt Harvey, Jonathan Lucroy, Trevor Cahill and Justin Bour, and can also expect to get a key piece back from injury in Zack Cozart. More than anything, though, the Angels haven't lost anybody of impact except maybe starter Matt Shoemaker. Only two teams have lost less WAR from its season-ending 2018 roster than L.A. As it stands, the Angels are positioned to battle the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card slot in the American League. Traditionally, that slot -- from the hot stove perspective -- is highly volatile. The Angels could stand to make major gains from the addition of another couple of impact pitchers.
  13. 1 point
    Stradling

    2018 Hot Stove League

    It also gives them 2 lefties in the pen, Chapman and Britton, to go along with Betancias and possibly Ottavino.
  14. 1 point
    Lou

    2019-20 Free Agent Class

    with all due respect, at no time ever was Cam worth 4 prospects.
  15. 1 point
    tdawg87

    2018 Hot Stove League

    Keuchel is one of those "makes too much sense" moves, so we aren't even remotely interested. If they were able to trade Calhoun then maybe.
  16. 1 point
    Randy Gradishar

    2019-20 Free Agent Class

    The Stugotz is strong in you.
  17. 1 point
    Stradling

    2019-20 Free Agent Class

    They had two players of value at that time that you wouldn’t want part of a rebuild, Simmons and Kole. There was zero chance they were trading Simmons as he was brought in to be there with Trout into this new era of Angels baseball.
  18. 1 point
    Dochalo

    2018 Hot Stove League

    I think La Stella is going to be more useful than people realize. The guy can really hit. 24.6% career LD rate. It's that 45.2% career GB rate that could be looked at. maybe he's a candidate to adjust launch angle.
  19. 1 point
    Dochalo

    Trout Extension Concern

    I agree with this. I have always felt that there is this tipping point in any major league lineup where the production in totality becomes greater than the sum of the parts. As an example, let's say you were 8 total wins below average on offense at 1b, 3b, C and RF and you added players as well as had some improve from the previous year that in total gave you what would be considered average production. I personally feel that you will end up benefiting the team by more than 8 wins in that case. I know that lineup protection has been debunked and all, but no one is going to convince me that Mookie Betts, while a great player, didn't have his overall production aided by the fact that there were so many other good hitters around him. I think you can get away with a hole or maybe even two in your lineup, but after that, the negative impact has more of an effect than is measured by normal analytics.
  20. 1 point
    field goals are boring
  21. 1 point
    Houston, we have probrem
  22. 1 point
    Angel Oracle

    2019-20 Free Agent Class

    Arenado or Cole, assuming a second straight strong season for Cole, would be a great addition a year from now. Arenado checks off pretty much every box, and is only 29 in 2020. Cole would be reunited with Doug White, and is also just 29 in 2020.
  23. 1 point
    Tank

    Random pics or Gifs for no reason

  24. 1 point
    True Grich

    Napoli Retires

    He will probably s hit a couple homers against the Angels next season - even in retirement.
  25. 1 point
    It is politically incorrect to make fun of Mike Trout's weight. Mike Trout is off limits.


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