The Los Angeles Angels are inching closer to the regular season. With new hope, the Angels should fare better in 2017.
The Los Angeles Angels had the sixth toughest schedule in the MLB last season. They averaged 4.43 runs per game last season. Collectively the team averaged a 4.28 ERA and a 1.392 WHIP per game. The Angels struggled to win just 74 games last season with injuries being the main cause of the team’s fallout from the top of the AL West.
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Still, the Los Angeles Angels are a dynamic team, mainly in part to the play of Mike Trout. When you have the best player in the league, you automatically have a chance to win any game regardless of the supporting cast.
Last season, Trout blasted 29 home runs, 100 RBI’s, and 30 stole bases. His OBP was .441 and his batting average was .315. Clearly, Trout is the reason why the Angels will be in contention year in and year out. However, Trout has a different supporting cast this season.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler must have baseball-reference.com bookmarked in his phone. Because he structurally redesigned this team to be defensively sound and more consistent at the batting position.
The 2017 season is coming, April 3rd is less than two months away. The Angels have redemption on their minds and a playoff spot in their sights. The Angels schedule isn’t as tough as 2016, however, there are some stretches the Angels will have to play well to contend.
The Los Angeles Angels will play 28 games during the month of April. Only one game will be an exhibition game versus the LA Dodgers on April the first. The season officially kicks off for the Angels on April 3rd, on the road, in Oakland California against the A’s. The Angels will play a four-game set against the A’s before coming back to Anaheim for their home opener on Friday, April 7th, against Seattle.
The Angels will face the Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays, and A’s at home during the month of April. They’ll travel to Kansas City, Houston, and Texas for games on the road. The Angels will play 20 days straight during the month of April, from the 11th to the 30th.
Some of the home promotions for the month of April include Saturday night fireworks on the 8th, the MLB Network tote bag on 12th, the Angels’ hero cape on the 21st, and the post-game movie on the 22nd.
Sep 26, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56) is met with a low five by shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) after the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Angels won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The month of May begins with two well deserved days off for the Angels. On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Angels travel to Seattle to face the Mariners for a three-game set. The Angels have some winnable games during the month of May. They’ll face the Astros, Tigers, and White Sox at home to begin the month.
On May 19th, the Angels will embark on a 10 game road trip. They’ll begin the road swing in the Big Apple facing the New York Mets. After that, they’ll take their talents to Florida with games in Tampa and Miami.
Aside from the games against Houston, Detriot, and New York. The Angels should win a ton of games in May. The Angels will finish out the month of May at home versus the Atlanta Braves.
The Angels home promotions this season include Saturday night fireworks, cooler backpack, Mother’s Day flower vase, Trout bobblehead, Memorial Day fireworks, and straw beach hat night on May 31st.
Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar (0) celebrates with center fielder Mike Trout (27) after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Angels kick off the month of June at home against the Minnesota Twins for a four-game set. The Angels will likely get a chance to see former pitcher Hector Santiago during that homestand. From there, the Angels will hit the road against the Tigers and Astros.
On June 12th the Angels have a seven-game home stand, facing the Yankee’s and Royals. They’ll also face the Yankee’s on the road along with the Boston Red Sox. The Angels will also play the Dodgers in the freeway series. This year, the Angels play the first two games at Dodger Stadium and the last two in Anaheim.
The month of June officially kicks off summertime promotions for the Angels. From beach towel night to shark rally monkey night, the Angels have a few summer-themed promotions throughout June. They’ll also have a special Father’s Day promotion, you’ll receive a Father’s Day coffee mug on June 18th.
The month of July is always a welcomed month for the Los Angeles Angels. Not only, do they get a break from consecutive games, they also have the All-Star game to look forward to. This year, the All-Star game will take place in Marlins Park, on Tuesday, July 11th.
The Angels will play 22 games during the month of July. However, the level of competition increases drastically from what the Angels have been facing. The Angels will have games at home versus the Rays, Nationals, Red Sox, and Mariners. At the end of the month, the Angels will hit the road facing the AL Champion Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays in what should be a tough stretch for the Angels.
July brings home promotions featuring three Sunday home games. There is also going to be a second Trout bobblehead night, and three Saturday night fireworks shows in Anaheim.
July is arguably one of the toughest months for the Angels. This will be a month to keep an eye on for positioning within the standings.
April 4, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; General view of pregame festivities before the Los Angeles Angels play against Chicago Cubs at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The month of August is going to be kind to the Los Angeles Angels. They Angels will play 19 of their 28 games at home. They’ll start the month of August against the Phillies. The Angels will see Baltimore, Texas, Houston, and Oakland twice. Oakland will travel to Anaheim on Friday, August 4th, and again on August 28th.
The Angels will travel to Seattle, Washington D.C., and Baltimore during the month of August. Still, the Angels will have a chance to make up any ground (if needed) during August. With so many games at home, the Angels should be able to position themselves at the top of the AL West.
August is also the best month for the Angels home game promotions. The promotions include Trout socks, Trout bobbleheads, trading card packs, a cool mesh hat, a Nolan Ryan bobblehead, and a snapback hat.
The Los Angeles Angels will begin the month of September on the road. They’ll face the Rangers, A’s, and Mariners to open the month. In Fact, the first home game for the Angels is September 12th against the Astros.
The Angels will also see the Cleveland Indians at home during the month of September. The Angels will close out the schedule with three games against the Seattle Mariners which will bleed into October, with the last game on the first.