Los Angeles Angels: Keys to Success in 2016

Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

Major Key: The offense has to be better

The Angels, as a team, finished 20th in the league in runs, 27th in batting average, and 24th in OPS. But, the Angels were able to make some improvements, offensively. The Angels got virtually nothing from the catching position last season, as Chris Iannetta, who played in 92 games, had an OPS of .628, with rookie Carlos Perez‘ checking in at .645. With Iannetta heading to Seattle, the Halos brought in Geovany Soto to split time with Perez. One would think, that Soto cannot be possibly as bad as Iannetta was last year, and Perez, going into his sophmore season, might build on a really good September.

In left field, the Angels were the worst in the majors offensively, and with an assortment of outfielders that inculde Daniel Nava, Craig Gentry, and Todd Cunningham, among others, fighting for playing time, the Angels seemed primed to recieve better production out of the position. Erick Aybar was swapped for Andrelton Simmons at shortstop, which doesn’t make a whole lot of a difference. The Angels are hoping Cron can build on a second half, in which he hit 17 home runs. Finally, Yunel Escobar who put up an impressive .314/.375/.415 last season, figures to be a guy that will get on base a lot in 2016, something the Angels lacked in 2015.

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  1. David_N_Wilson

    One problem with that rotation is that most of the people contending for the last few slots would all BE last slot pitchers on other teams… they really have to count on the top three pulling through for them. Really good test in the first series of the year against the Cubs.

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