The Los Angeles Angels have once again been eliminated from playoff contention while Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout have dominant seasons. The elimination was made official in a blowout loss to the Seattle Mariners. Despite tremendous individual seasons from the Angels’ two stars, they will once again not be playing meaningful games in October.
Ohtani is a bonafide MVP candidate, and the only reason he might not win is because of a historic season from Aaron Judge. When healthy, Trout has been his consistently great self. It was the rest of the Los Angeles Angels roster that failed to live up to expectations.
Fox Sports was the first to confirm that the Angels are now officially eliminated.
Fans around the MLB are despondent seeing Ohtani and Trout miss yet another postseason.
It would be a tremendous missed opportunity if the two superstars never play in playoff games together.
Losing seasons and missing the playoffs has become the norm for the Los Angeles Angels. Even the most passionate fans are asking themselves about the team’s potential to succeed.
Shohei Ohtani is the only other player in the American League MVP race this season. His team missing the playoffs will not improve his slim chances at winning the award.
This has almost become an annual tradition for the Angels. Although it is not one that many look forward to.
Mike Trout has only made the postseason once in his incredible career. That is almost unfathomable given how dominant he has been since his rookie year in 2012.
The Angels superstars performed to the high level that they have become known for and is expected of them. Knowing that they have the right leadership in place, the organization needs to improve the talent around them. If they are unable to do so, this will be a story again in 2023.
The Angels failed to capitalize on the prime seasons of Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout yet again, and fans are fed up.
The Los Angeles Angels need to build a playoff team around Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout before it is too late
Mike Trout may be signed to the Angels long-term, but Shohei Ohtani is not. If Ohtani does not have faith that the franchise can put a winning team around him, he could easily find a new team. The best way to convince great players not to leave is to win games.
At this point, it would be tough for anyone to have confidence in the Los Angeles Angels building a championship team.