When you think of the Los Angeles Angels, Shohei Ohtani is likely the player that comes to mind. If it’s not him, it’s the injured Mike Trout that you think of.
But what you may not know, is that the Angels have quietly had one of the best overall offenses in Major League Baseball since the beginning of June.
Dating back to June 1st, the Angels rank 1st in the Majors in runs scored with 214, while also ranking first in batting average (.277) and OPS (.825). For the season as a whole, they rank 6th in runs scored per game at 4.92.
So why are they sitting at 46-46, 5.5 games back from the final wild card spot?
It’s largely due to their pitching, which has been among the worst in MLB. They rank 26th in team earned run average at 4.90.
This combination of good pitching and poor performance is like the bizarro world version of the New York Mets, and it makes them a strong over bet for the rest of the season. Heading into the All-Star break, the Angels had the second best record on the over at 52-36-1. Keep an eye on that trend continuing in the second half of the season.
Despite their strong offense and hot bats, oddsmakers seem to have no faith in them having a strong second half of their season. They’re listed at +1700 at WynnBET to win the American League West, and +6000 to win the World Series.
While many people may think the Angels are squandering the careers of Ohtani and Trout, they could be just a few decent pitchers away from being serious contenders in the American League.
They’re set to play the Oakland Athletics in a short two-game series starting tonight. WynnBET has them set as slight -105 road underdogs as Ohtani takes the mound against Cole Irvin.
The Angels likely won’t be making the playoffs this season, but their strong offense and AL MVP favorite Shohei Ohtani, give them hope for the coming years.