The Los Angeles Angels went out and signed Anthony Rendon this offseason to boost their offensive lineup. Now it appears that Rendon will miss the start of the 2020 season as he continues to recover from a sore oblique.
Rendon signed a $245 million deal with the Angels after helping to lead the Washington Nationals to a World Series championship in 2019. The third baseman has been forced to sit out during the Angels’ recent exhibition games, and it’s unclear when he will return.
Manager Joe Maddon sounded optimistic that the injury would not require a stay on the injured list, but also expressed some concern that he will miss some time. With just a 60-game regular-season schedule, the Angels can’t afford to have Rendon out of the lineup for long.
Ohtani to Pitch on Sundays
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani is set to pitch every Sunday this season for the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani did not make a start during the 2019 season after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Angels still used Ohtani as a designated hitter a season ago, but he is expected to spend some time in the outfield this season. Manager Joe Maddon plans on pitching his young star just once a week as opposed to every fifth day.
With this plan in mind, Ohtani will be making his first start of the season on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. Ohtani dominated hitters during the summer training camp, and his insertion into the Angels rotation could serve as a huge boost this season.
Playoffs For Los Angeles Angels?
The Los Angeles Angels have been trending in the right direction over the past few years, and this could be the year that Mike Trout finally gets to star in the MLB Playoffs. The Angels are in a very tough division in the AL West, but they should factor into the playoff race this season.
FanDuel is offering betting odds for each team in terms of if they will make the playoffs or not. The odds for the Angels currently sit at +225 for “Yes,” and -290 for “No.”
AL West Breakdown
The Angels are viewed as the third-best team in the AL West by most baseball experts, and that’s how the odds break down at FanDuel as well. The Los Angeles Angels are listed at +500 to win the division, which is behind the Houston Astros at -145 and the Oakland Athletics at +230.
FanDuel has set the over/under for regular-season wins at 31.5 this season, and it will likely take close to 35 wins to reach the playoffs. Even though having a record of over .500 would be an improvement, it would not be enough to reach the postseason.
Trout is the overwhelming favorite to win the AL MVP Award, an award that he is accustomed to winning, having taken home the hardware three times already. Trout is listed at +195 to win the award, which is well ahead of the Yankees’ Aaron Judge at +950.