The Los Angeles Angels have had some of the craziest action when it comes to betting. They are leading the sports betting handle in some states when it comes to World Series bets. However, they are not even in the top-14 teams when it comes to odds to win. However, those long odds are exactly why they are getting so much action. DraftKings is currently offering +3,800 for the Angels, a small dip from the +4,000 that was offered during Spring Traning.
Los Angeles Angels World Series Odds
|Los Angeles Angels World Series||+3,800|
|Los Angeles Angels American League||+1,700|
|Los Angeles Angels American League West||+250|
The team headed into 2021 with mixed feelings from analysts and fans. A lot of people knew that the Angels would be entertaining, but how good could they be? The lineups looked solid, but there are questions about the pitching and how it can hold up.
The lineup is scary on paper. Anthony Redon, Mike Trout, and Shohei Ohtani are all great hitters. However, maybe the most important player in the lineup right now is Jared Walsh. Walsh is coming into his third season in the Bigs, but just off of his actual rookie campaign. Walsh hits with power and average and has been nothing short of great through his first 200 plate appearances in the big leagues. He is a player that will help give security to those top three in the order.
Outside of these big three hitters and Walsh, there will have to be a couple of players who step up. Whether that is Max Stassi, Justin Upton, or Joe Iglesias, somebody needs to become the 5th guy in this lineup. If the Angels can get that player to step up and show themselves this season, then there is no reason that the Angels could not have the top lineup in the AL West.
The pitching, especially the bullpen, is where things get dicey for the Angels. This side of the game is the reason that the team is not currently favored to win the AL West. So far, through the early part of the season, the best pitcher has been Ohtani, and it is not very close. However, if Alex Cobb and Dylan Bundy got just produce a little bit closer to top-2 starters, then maybe this team can be better than expected.
The bullpen is a mixed bag. So far, Raisel Iglesias has a horrid 5.01 FIP through 5 innings pitch. However, Aaron Slegers and Junior Guerra have both been great, and both players are doing so quite unexpectedly. How this bullpen shakes out is another massive question mark for the team and for bettors looking at this team to possibly wager on.
The Angels may be a better bet for 2022, but this lineup is seriously scary. I actually really like the odds at where they currently stand. The lineup really has been fantastic and what I am most confident about is this team’s ability to be a contender at the trade deadline. As long as the team can do this, then it is very likely the team goes and gets some pitching help that could push them over the hump.
It is also worth mentioning that in a playoff scenario, Ohtani could be a massive weapon by only taking up one roster spot as the top pitcher and #3 batter in the order. This will allow the Angels more flexibility in figuring out that playoff rosters.