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Los Angeles Angels Betting Predictions – American League Preview: Los Angeles Angels

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 2/24/2013 6:06:57 PM

Football betting experts know that the city of Los Angeles could soon get an NFL team, though only time will tell. At various online sports books in the United States, it is also felt that the city of Los Angeles and its suburb, Anaheim, Calif., could soon claim another American League championship and maybe a World Series title.
After the high-stakes poker of the hot stove season, the Los Angeles Angels (who play in Anaheim) are in great position to win the American League West and reclaim superiority in a division that was controlled in recent seasons by the Texas Rangers and then swiped last season by the Oakland Athletics.

From 2004 through 2009, the Angels failed to win the West only once, but over the last three seasons, the Halos lost their hold on first place as the Rangers won back-to-back American League pennants and the A's stormed the gate in 2012. This year, though, it seems that the Angels are ready to return to the top. They took a prime starting pitcher from the Rangers last season in the person of C.J. Wilson, and this year, they've taken one of the Rangers' biggest bats.

Josh Hamilton will welcome the change of scenery, because his up-and-down career acquired too much baggage in Arlington, Tex. Hamilton ran into personal problems as a Ranger. He threw a ball into the stands that a fan unwisely jumped at; the fan's imprudent decision to jump for Hamilton's toss led to his death, because the fan jumped off the upper deck and landed on concrete. Hamilton played like a mentally fatigued player, someone who wanted out of town, in the final weeks of the 2012 regular season.

He should be mentally fresh this season, and his career can start over on certain levels. If Hamilton is anything close to the hitter he's been the past three seasons, the Angels are going to have a loaded lineup with very few easy outs. Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, and Mike Trout will be able to get on base, setting the table for Hamilton, Albert Pujols, and Mark Trumbo to thump the baseball and score stacks of runs. Vernon Wells will be able to be the designated hitter, although he could wind up switching places with Trumbo as well. At any rate, the Angels are going to be very tough to hold down this season.

The pitching just needs to be solid for Los Angeles, given the expected quality of the offense. With Jered Weaver and the aforementioned C.J. Wilson in the starting rotation, the Angels should get a lot of innings from their starters. If Wilson can be injury-free this season, unlike 2012, the Halos will be in great shape.

Tommy Hanson will make a strong No. 3 starter, and Jason Vargas is a legitimately good No. 4 man. In the bullpen, if Scott Downs, Kevin Jepsen, and new acquisition Ryan Madson (Philadelphia) are up to the task, the Angels won't have many if any deficiencies to worry about. This team should definitely be expected to make the American League Championship Series in 2013.

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