The Los Angeles Angels are set to begin their 2020 regular season on Friday, and this could be a huge season for the team. Joe Maddon was brought in to manage the team in 2020, and he has been extremely successful with both the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs.
The biggest news surrounding the team is that Mike Trout will be in the lineup on Opening Day, and is fully healthy. Trout has struggled with some minor injuries in recent years, but his presence in the lineup makes the Angels a dangerous team.
Los Angeles will have their hands full in a tough AL West Division, but there will be plenty of uncertainty for every team during the 60-game regular-season schedule. If Trout can stay healthy throughout the season, the Angels believe that they can contend this season.
Shohei Ohtani is also back with the team in 2020, and he will pitch every Sunday. The two-way sensation will also be in the lineup throughout the season, and that should provide Trout some lineup protection.
Can Angels Win AL West?
The American League West Division has a pretty clear frontrunner, but the Angels could be in the mix in 2020. The Houston Astros won the World Series in 2018, and they have kept almost the same team intact from that season.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Houston Astros at -145 to win the AL West, making them huge favorites. The Angels check in with odds at +500, which is slightly behind the Oakland Athletics at +230.
Not Much Playoff Hope Either
Most of the major sportsbooks have taken their MLB Playoff bets off the table with the recent announcement that the league is set to expand the playoffs to 16 teams. The Angels were huge underdogs to reach the postseason in 2020, but all of that has now changed.
Oddsshark had the Los Angeles Angels listed at +165 to make the playoffs in 2020, while the odds to miss the playoffs were being offered at -210. Those odds will change with the recent announcement from the league, but the Angels still have plenty of work to do.
Trout Huge Favorite to Win AL MVP
Mike Trout is the clear favorite to win the AL MVP Award, which is an honor that he is accustomed to having. Trout has won three MVP Awards during his young career, and he is widely considered the best player in baseball.
Some sportsbooks have Trout with odds as high as +110 to win the AL MVP Award, but every sportsbook has him as the clear favorite. Aaron Judge is the second favorite at most sportsbooks, but his odds are typically around +1000.
Even though Trout could win his fourth MVP Award during the 2020 season, he would gladly trade these awards for a chance to play in the postseason. Trout will be a big reason the Angels get there if it happens, but he needs some help from his teammates.