With the Angels sliding, who is the Astros’ biggest challenger in the West?

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Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have always been big spenders, tending to bring in big names in the offseason. This year was no different, as they signed Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen to beef up their starting rotation, which has troubled them for years.

This rotation combined with their big offensive names in Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon would lead them to believe they would compete down the stretch. However, this plan has been foiled thus far, as the Angels’ pitching has been abysmal.

I mean, let’s be honest here, if you have Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Rendon, there is no reason that you should be below .500. However, I do think the club will bounce back to a degree, but I am not sure if they have postseason quality pitching. I think they are the Astros’ biggest threat, but I do not think the Angels have enough to overtake Houston’s crown.