5 Bold Predictions For The 2016 Angels

Updated: April 4, 2016

The 2015 Angels barely missed the playoffs, but had countless opportunities to win the title. Will 2016 be different or the same for the Angels?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are less than 24 hours away from kicking-off their 2016 regular season and in honor of that, here are five bold predictions that’ll happen in 2016.

Mike Trout joins the 40-40 club: The 40-40 Club is one of the most elusive clubs in baseball and requires a player to hit 40 homeruns and steal 40 bases in the same season. It’s a rare feat. Only four players: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano have conquered this impressive mark. Mike Trout will join this club in 2016. The five-tool superstar showed off his power with 41 homeruns last season. Trout has also displayed his speed. In his rookie season he stole a career high 49 bases. He has limited his steals in the past couple of seasons, but both the Angels and Trout himself have expressed interest in getting him moving on the base paths again. Trout will finish 2016 with 43 homeruns and 47 stolen bases.

Garrett Richards throws the 11th no-hitter in franchise history: Garrett Richards displayed his flame-throwing arm during Spring Training this season, hitting 100 mph on the radar gun multiple times. Many experts have said that Richards has the ability to throw a no-hitter with his filthy arsenal of pitches. In 2016, Richards will throw his first career no-hitter. Jered Weaver was the last Angels’ pitcher to throw a no-hitter. He did so back in May 2012 against the Twins.

Kole Calhoun wins his second straight Gold Glove Award: Kole Calhoun is a flashy player in the Angels’ outfield. Unlike Mike Trout, Calhoun isn’t robbing homeruns at an impressive rate, but instead covering tons of ground and laying out for every ball that’s near. He also has a cannon out in right field. He had 11 outfield assists and sported a .989 fielding percentage last season. His well defensive play earned him the AL Gold Glove Award in right field. Calhoun will win the award again in 2016.

The Angels send five players to the All-Star Game for the first time since 1983: The Angels are going to play well in the first half of the 2016 season. Well enough to get five players into the All-Star Game. Mike Trout is a given, and will start the game in center field. Garret Richards makes the squad after having a dominate first half. Huston Street will provide relief help for the AL club. Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun will also represent the Angels; both players are going to make their first All-Star Game.

Mike Trout wins his second MVP award: The first prediction says it all. Only one 40-40 Club member won the MVP in their 40-40 season [Canseco], but Trout is going to be the second to do so. Trout will carry the Angels into the postseason and ultimately, win his second MVP honors. Yet another brilliant season for the best player in baseball.

Anthony Sosa is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @A_sos27.

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