Are the Los Angeles Angels World Series contenders? | The Tylt
After acquiring veteran talent via trades, the Los Angeles Angels appear to be preparing for a deep run in the playoffs. With Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips set to the join the team, the Angels now have enough talent in the lineup to carry the team to a World Series. But getting solid hitting won't solve the Angels' mediocre starting pitching woes. Can the Angels make a run to the championship round? ⚾
Are the Los Angeles Angels World Series contenders?
The Los Angeles Angels are in a heated race for the final Wild Card spot, and it looks like they aren't standing pat to get it. Within just 48 hours, the Angels acquired 2017 All Star Justin Upton, and infielder Brandon Phillips to give their lineup more pop heading into the final stretch of the season. Upton brings 28 home runs, and 94 RBIs-worth of production to the team, including 11 long balls in August. Brandon Phillips is 36, but he is still holding his own in the batter's box with a .291 batting average this year.
Both will complement a team with Mike Trout (the best player in baseball), star shortstop Andrelton Simmons, and World Series champion Albert Pujols. This team looks scary going into the postseason.
The Angels totally look like a team that's gonna get hot in September, squeak into the playoffs, then make the World Series vs. Dodgers.— Piero P. (@THAT_G0MEZ) September 1, 2017
Justin upton to the Angels it's over Angels dodgers World Series Angels in 7— Danny (@Fed_07) August 31, 2017
Adding Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips will certainly shore up the Angels lineup, but what does it matter if the team gets shelled in the postseason? As good as Upton and Phillips are, they don't make for the Angels starting pitching—a staff that has been average this season.
The entire pitching group from the Angels have managed to throw an ERA of 4.12. While it isn't a horrific number, those aren't the kind of numbers you want heading into the postseason where pitching wins championships.
The Angels have no doubt improved, but even with the additions they made, the team still doesn't have a complete enough team to make it to the World Series.