2015 Record: 85-77
Runs Per Game: 4.08 (20th)
Team ERA: 3.94 (13th)
Run Differential: -14 (19th)
What Went Right:
Mike Trout played like an MVP again but Josh Donaldson was just a bit better. Kole Calhoun was good again. Albert Pujols hit 40 home runs. Johnny Giavotella wasn’t worthless.
What Went Wrong:
Erick Aybar was bad again just like in 2013. Matt Joyce was one of the worst players in the sport. They didn’t get much from catchers Chris Iannetta and Carlos Perez.
Garrett Richards was their best pitcher but he didn’t pitch like he did in 2014. C.J. Wilson still sucked. Jered Weaver got worse.
Player to Watch?:
Matt Shoemaker was a huge disappointment in his second year. His strikeouts went down, his walks went up, and he gave up more homers. He missed a bunch of starts too.
There’s Always Next Year:
They have Mike Trout and they traded for an elite defensive shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, who will help cover up their pitching weaknesses. They can make it back to the postseason next year.
How Did We Do:
We thought the Angels would come close to repeating their 2014 season but instead there was a significant drop off. We were very wrong.