Even with COVID-19 still in full swing and the number of cases rising, multiple sports are set to come back, including baseball. Looking at the newly crafted MLB schedule which came out July 6, it seems to me that the Angels will have the toughest schedule in the West.
In the first two weeks, they head to Oakland to face the A’s and then play the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros at home.
Aside from their schedule, there are still concerns about the virus and how safe it is to actually play, even with no fans. For that reason, athletes across the league have been opting out of the season to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.
Even with the schedule they have, there is one Angels starter that would be taking time off during the season and due to the nature of the reason, it is unclear if he would come back to play, making this already short and difficult even harder.
Center fielder Mike Trout might only be playing between a few games and a month’s worth as his wife is set to give birth to their first child next month. With Trout missing, there would be a whole in the lineup but at this point, I feel like he needs to do what is best for his family and that he shouldn’t miss the birth of his child.
He won the AL Hank Aaron award and his third AL MVP following the 2019 season. He finished the season with 45 home runs, 104 RBIs, a .291 batting average, .438 on-base percentage, and .645 slugging percentage.
On the other side though, Shohei Ohtani is now fully healthy and back to being a two-way player compared to last season where he only hit. This year, he is back to pitching and was seen in a bullpen session in May.
Even though there are only 60 games this season, will he be able to stay healthy enough to pitch the whole season? If he can, I believe he will be a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball.
The addition of Anthony Rendon to the roster will be a major help to the Angels and with Joe Maddon now at the helm, the team has a chance to be a top contender this season. However, with there only being 60 games and a pandemic going on, the season could go either way.