Angels Second Half Bold Predictions

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Updated: July 16, 2015
Angels Second Half Bold Predictions

The first half of the season has ended, as the Angels have played 88 games so far. They are currently 48-40, and in first place, by a half-game over the Houston Astros. In the second half, the Angels will play their remaining 74 games left on their 162 game schedule. They will look to distance themselves from the Astros, and the rest of the division in hopes of winning a second straight AL West Division Title. That said, I will be making 10 bold predictions for the second half of the season.

1. Mike Trout will repeat as American League MVP.

Now this may not be very bold considering Trout is the best player in the game, but with Miguel Cabrera hurt, I just don’t see anyone capable of beating out Trout, for MVP. The award is Trout’s to lose down the stretch.

2. Albert Pujols will hit 40 home runs.

 He is currently at 26 at the all-star break, meaning he needs 14 more in the remaining 74 games to reach 40. This is a bold pick, from the standpoint, that Albert has not hit more than 30 home runs in a season since becoming an Angel in 2012, and hasn’t reached 40 since 2010 when he hit 42 as a member of the St Louis Cardinals. 

Photo Via Fox Sports.Com

Photo Via Fox Sports.Com

3. Mike Trout becomes the first player in MLB History to lead the AL in runs in four straight seasons.

Trout at the all-star break has 68 runs scored, one more than second place Brian Dozier who has 67. That said, I expect the Angels offense to heat up in the second half, and Trout will be a beneficiary of that, and will lead the league in runs once again.

4. Angels finish the season with 95 wins

This one is very bold, as the Angels are 48-40 at the break, and are on pace to win 88 games. That said to win 95 games, they will need to go 47-27 in the second half of the season. As I mentioned before, the offense will need to heat up, and if it does then 95 wins could be attainable.

5. Garrett Richards wins 20 games. 

Another very bold prediction. Richards currently has 9 wins in 16 starts since coming back from injury. However of those 16 starts, 12 of them were quality starts. That said, I think Richards will improve in the second half, as he becomes very close to full strength. If he stays healthy, he will get around 14-15 starts in the second half, and will need 11 wins in order to reach 20. Highly unlikely he does it.

Photo Via Sporting News.Com

Photo Via Sporting News.Com

6. Angels will acquire Jay Bruce at the trade deadline. 

It is well-known that the Angels need a left-handed bat, that is either a left fielder or a DH at the deadline. That said, I think it will be a left fielder, as the emergence of C.J Cron before the all-star break could solidify him as an everyday designated hitter for the Angels. On the flip side, left field has been a weak spot for the Angels, as mainstay, Matt Joyce has greatly under-performed his expectations.

Sep 13, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (32) during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Milwaukee won 5-1.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 13, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (32) during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Milwaukee won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

7. Hector Santiago finishes the season top 5 in AL in ERA, and is in the Cy Young Conversation. 

Currently, Hector is third in the AL with a 2.33 ERA, but is seen as a dark horse candidate for Cy Young, due to his low win and strikeout totals, as he has just six wins, which is 32nd in the AL, and 98 strikeouts, good for 18th. I think Hector will continue his strong season, and be among the top pitchers in the AL, but likely falls short of winning the Cy Young.

8. Trout and Pujols will combine for 80 home runs.

As referenced earlier, I think Albert Pujols can hit 40 home runs, but also Mike Trout who is tied with Albert with 26 can also reach that mark. This one is very bold prediction, as not only is Trout’s career high 36 home runs, but having both of them hit 40 this season, will be very tough to accomplish.

9.  Angels repeat as Division Champs

About a month ago, when the Angels struggling to stay above .500 and  falling further away from the Astros, winning the division looked like an uphill battle. Now the Angels are eight games over .500 at the break, and a half game ahead of the Astros, putting the Angels in the driver’s seat to win the division. The second half, the Angels experience will prove key, as they will win the AL West for the second straight season.

10. Andrew Heaney Stays in the Rotation, and Wins 10 Games

Jered Weaver has been on the 15-day DL, recovering from a hip injury. In his absence, Heaney has filled in admirably, going 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in four starts. I believe that Heaney has earned a chance to stay in the rotation when Weaver returns, and will project him to win 10 games. This may have seemed like a bold prediction a month ago, but if Heaney stays in rotation, ten wins is certainly attainable.

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 12:  Starter Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on July 12, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA – JULY 12: Starter Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on July 12, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

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