2015 Recap: Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Angels (85-77, third in AL West)
The patience might be growing thin when you have two generational players on your team and the best result in four years is 98 wins in 2014 and a sweep in the divisional round. It has to be even more discouraging when those players – Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, both hit 40 home runs and the offense can’t produce. It hurt that no starter hit over .300 and two hit under .200. The starting pitching would work if the offense lived up to its potential. But in manager Mike Scioscia’s 16 seasons, the Angels won the World Series in 2002 and they’ve made the playoffs seven times.
CF Mike Trout: G 159, AB 575, HR 41
1B Albert Pujols: G 157, AB 602, HR 40
RF Kole Calhoun: G 159, AB 630, HR 26
3B David Freese: G 121, AB 424, HR 14
SS Erick Aybar: G 156, AB 597, BA .270
Biggest need: Left fielder
This position was supposed to be filled by Josh Hamilton who was disappointing in his first two years. Hamilton never played an inning for the Angels in 2015, as they grew tired of his performance and his motivation and moved him and his five-year $ 114.3 million contract to Texas. As a result, the Angels mixed and matched with 12 different players in left. Matt Joyce had 204 plate appearances in left but he hit .174 with a .564 OPS. David Murphy was acquired and did produce five home runs in 48 games and Shane Victorino was acquired and he’s clearly lost a few steps.