Sports gambling expectations are again high on the Angels for the 2010 gambling in sports season as they look to defend their American League West Division title. The Angels finished the 2009 sports gambling season with a record of 97-65 as they cruised to an easy division championship 10 games ahead of the second place Texas Rangers.
Offense was the online sports gambling strength of the Angels as they finished 2nd in the major leagues for run production while their pitching staff was a mediocre 19th in the big leagues for staff earned run average. The loss of number two starter John Lackey adds to the questions regarding the Angels pitching staff.
Lackey moved on to the Boston Red Sox. The number one starter is one of the best in sports gambling with Jared Weaver. Weaver was 16-8 with a 3.63 earned run average for the 2009 sports gambling season. From there, however, it becomes a rather dicey sports gambling proposition.
The number two starter is currently slated to be Ervin Santana. The right hander went 8-8 last year with a high 5.03 earned run average that must come down in 2010. The number three starter is slated to be Joe Saunders, who was 16-7 last year with a 4.60 earned run average.
Saunders was 17-7 in the 2008 season with a 3.41 earned run average. Closer is another area of concern with Brian Fuentes, who was 1-5 with a 3.93 earned run average. Fuentes had 48 saves in 55 opportunities but the ERA is too high for a closer. First baseman Kendry Morales leads the potent Angels attack.
Morales hit .308 last year with 34 home runs, 43 doubles, and 108 runs batted in. The up and coming Seattle Mariners have one of the top pitching staffs in the league and that is of major concern to the Angels and the big question mark as to whether or not they can maintain their status as best in the west.