The 2024 MLB season will be here before we know it, and now is the time to start looking at the futures market to see if we can find any value on teams heading into the year. The key is to find a team that we think is valuable at their current odds, one who we think will have their odds drop as the year moves on. These can be sleepers or favorites, value is everywhere as long as you have good reasoning behind it.
BetQL will have you covered all season long on a game-by-game basis to keep you winning money all summer. Let's take a look at a team below that I think has some good value at the current price in the market.
Angels fans seem to find themselves in a cycle of perpetual hell, with their hopes rising and falling like the tide. When the Angels were able to sign Shohei Ohtani, it was a state of euphoria for the fanbase, pairing him with superstar Mike Trout to create the league's newest dynamic duo. Finally, it seemed like the organization had done something big, and that they would build upon it by forming a contending roster around their two stars.
Eventually, they came crashing back down to Earth like a meteorite falling from the sky when they realized that they were fans of the Los Angeles Angels organization. Some teams have cheap owners, some teams have owners who only care about making money, and some teams have owners who just don't know a thing about baseball. I think the Angels have been blessed with all three of those.
They never were able to build a solid roster around Ohtani and Trout, and have consistently failed to identify talent in the pitching department. No matter how good their offense was, they had terrible pitching outside of Ohtani, who is both a pitcher and hitter. They still failed to make the postseason, even with these two guys playing at the highest level in baseball.
Now, after losing their two-way superstar, they once again find themselves at a loss. Where do the Angels go from here? Trout is still a very good player, but he is starting to age and you can see it in his play. L.A. still doesn't have an ace pitcher, their bullpen is in shambles, and are on their fourth manager in five years. Ron Washington is 71 years old, and even though he has had success elsewhere, this is not an easy project and is going to take years to build it back up.
That is unless ownership wants to fork over money, which they have not shown a willingness to do over the years. They have done next to nothing this offseason so far, and I don't anticipate them to.
I think 72.5 wins is far too high for a team with a roster that does not look like it will be competitive. In a division that also includes the Astros and Rangers, the Angels are sinking fast again and haven't been able to sustain any sort of success in over a decade. I'll gladly bet the under on their win total at 72.5.