The Angels led MLB with 98 wins in 2014 and aside from a few players; the 2015 version will appear to be the same core group who were so successful last season, boding well for fans and Angels’ ticket holders. With a full season of Matt Shoemaker in the rotation and a stronger bullpen in 2015, the Angels pitching seems to be on track, despite being without Garrett Richards to start the season.
Losing guys like Howie Kendrick, Jason Grilli, Hank Conger, Gordon Beckham and Kevin Jepsen shouldn’t hurt the bottom line too much due to the depth at each position. Offensively, the Angels still have Mike Trout, the reigning American League MVP, and should once again feature one of the best offenses in baseball. The second base job appears to have been won by Johnny Giavotella this spring and DH C.J Cron could potentially bust out in 2015 with regular at-bats. Although there is certainly no lack of competition in the AL West this season, the talent and depth on the Angels roster should provide a solid foundation for a winning season. Look for the LA Angels to be in the thick of October baseball when it all shakes out. We can only speculate on next season, but we cannot wait to see what the Angels bring to the field for us. We can provide you with team schedules, season tickets or individual game day tickets. Let us help make your game day worry free. As we take all the stress and hassle out of purchasing the tickets you want at a price you're satisfied with.
The Los Angeles Angels started playing professionally in 1961. Then they were a minor league club that had been moved to the majors and one of the first franchises to originate in the west rather than relocate. They also, quite predictably, struggled. At the time the American League lacked divisions and the new team could not compete with the likes of the Yankees.
Eventually, the MLB instituted divisions, but even the then California Angels had trouble posting a winning record in the American League West. By the end of the 1970s the roster had Don Baylor, Rod Carew, Bert Campaneris, and Nolan Ryan and the Angels won the West for the first time in franchise history. California won twice more in the 1980s, though they never were able to advance to the World Series.
The team started putting together strong seasons after changing names again, this time to the Anaheim Angels. Then, in 2002, they had RBI-machine Garret Anderson, power hitting Troy Glaus, and talented outfielder and hitter Tim Salmon. The pitching staff that season is not going to go down as one of the best in the history of the MLB, but that summer Jarrod Washburn, Ramon Ortiz, and Kevin Appier had quite respectable seasons. This team won 99 games and went to the first World Series in franchise history, which they won (beating intra-state rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in seven games).
Los Angeles has remained competitive in the years since. The roster has been loaded with the latest and greatest stars in the decade since. Whether it is Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols, Torii Hunter, or Kendrys Morales the offense always had enough power. In addition to building clubs around sluggers, the Angels also managed to find starters like Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana, and Jered Weaver. These pitchers dominated on the mound and helped the team take five more division titles.