Los Angeles Angels 2019 Betting Odds, Preview: Postseason Hopes Lie in Pitching Staff’s Hands

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Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Mike Trout.

  • The Los Angeles Angels could end up losing Mike Trout in free agency in a couple of years, especially if they can't become a winning team.
  • They've brought in several notable veteran names in free agency, but thanks to Shohei Ohtani's injury, they lack an ace-caliber starter.
  • Tyler Skaggs is among a few different arms that need to step up to give this team a shot at the postseason.
  • Led by Trout, their offense is certainly capable of putting up enough runs to win, but their rotation and bullpen may leave them an average squad.

Original analysis published on Feb. 22. 

The Los Angeles Angels, or shall I call them the Los Angeles Trout, have an important season ahead of them. Two important seasons, actually, as they could be the last two seasons they have with Mike Trout.

The Angels have been to the postseason just once in seven years despite having perhaps the greatest player of all time, and oddsmakers don’t expect them to be a true contender this year, either.

This marks the beginning of a new era, though, as long time manager Mike Scioscia has stepped down and former MLB catcher and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is taking over. Ausmus was a hair below .500 during his time in Detroit, and spent last season as the Angels’ special assistant to the GM.

Will Ausmus, Trout and Co. exceed expectations and lead the club to the postseason, or will they flounder with mediocre results once again?

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