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“It’s Always No” – MLB Fans Think the Los Angeles Angels’ Future Is in Jeopardy Despite the Combined Star Power of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani

Published 06/02/2023, 2:58 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Angels boast two of the strongest players in the league with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on their roster. Baseball juggernauts that ooze raw talent, the duo has given some amazing performances this year. They even faced each other wearing different team jerseys during the World Baseball Classic, racking up millions of views in the process. But for many years now, fans have felt that each could do better.

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Unfortunately, a few players can’t play a team sport and many feel like the Angels’ subpar rotation has held Trout and Ohtani back. Trout’s current contract will see him through till the end of 2030, while Ohtani is set to hit free agency after 2023. He is already one of the most talked-about players for next season and his impending future has been a topic of heated debate. But while he’s in LA, can he help the Angels to the post-season with Trout’s help?

Los Angeles Angels fans’ belief in Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout will only go so far


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While the Japanese two-way phenom and the 10x All-Star undoubtedly deserve a chance at playoffs and eventually the World Series, they can’t do it alone. Two players do not a team make. The Angels currently stand at the 4th place in the AL West and the three teams above them are giving it their all. The Houston Astros are the reigning World Series champs and making a strong case for themselves this year too.

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But the surprising contender for first place is another team – the Texas Rangers. The Seattle Mariners in third place aren’t holding back either. With a quarter of the season over, it’s anyone’s guess where they could land. While MLB analysts are of mixed opinions, some fans are not feeling it.


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Some gave their predictions for where Ohtani could land next, but most fans are of the opinion that he will not stay with his current team.

One thought Trout deserved a chance given his talent, but many were quick to point out that he need his team’s support for it.


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Baseball fans are dying to see Ohtani and Trout in October but the Angels have been facing a rather long drought.

LA Angels have not made a post-season appearance since 2014

The eight-year drought is getting rather frustrating – fans are feeling it, and surely the team is too. Trout joined the Angels’ MLB roster in 2011 and had a fantastic few years. Ohtani made his debut in LA in 2018 and has regularly shocked the world with record-breaking games. The duo is undoubtedly powerful, with almost unbelievable career stats so far. But can their combined skills help the Angels this year?


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Arunima Bhanot

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.