2022 MLB baseball season preview: Complete coverage

Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Walker Buehler and Shohei Ohtani side by side.
Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Walker Buehler and Shohei Ohtani are among the players to watch as the 2022 MLB season gets underway.
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With baseball’s seemingly traditional offseason lockout in the rear-view mirror for the foreseeable future, it’s time for the Angels, Dodgers and Major League Baseball‘s 28 other teams to “Play Ball!” on the 2022 season.

The Dodgers are widely considered a favorite to win the World Series after falling short of their goal last season. The Angels are considered among many to employ the game’s two best players, but will that be enough to dissolve their seven-year playoff drought?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball heading into the season.

Shohei Ohtani put on an MVP encore in the Angels’ season opening loss to the Astros, showcasing an enduring 99-mph fastball and brimming confidence.

If the Dodgers are to build a legacy and even start a conversation about a potential dynasty, they need to win more than just division titles.

Even with a healthy Mike Trout in the lineup, the Angels are held to four hits and struggle against Houston’s Framber Valdez in 3-1 loss.

Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman were the best players on the Atlanta Braves, but Acuña says he didn’t have much of a relationship with his teammate.

The Dodgers might appear to be frontrunners to win the World Series, but the team has myriad questions about its pitching and hitting.

MLB is deploying Angels star Shohei Ohtani as its pitchman in a 30-second ad saluting the start of the new season featuring Dodgers and other players.

Shohei Ohtani and many in the Angels organization believe the two-way sensation can improve on his historic 2021 season.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doubles down on championship guarantee while Angels manager Joe Maddon is hopeful for a World Series run.

The Dodgers failed to win the NL West for the first time in nine years last season, but they are huge favorites to regain the crown in 2022.

The Angels made it a point to fortify their pitching staff in an attempt to win the AL West for the first time since 2014. The Astros remain the favorites.

It’s all about winning the World Series tournament and Major League Baseball has now provided two more entries.

The top of the Dodgers’ rotation — Walker Buehler, Julio Urías and Clayton Kershaw — could be among the best in baseball. But depth could be an issue.

The Angels think they have the team that can end their postseason drought at seven seasons, but they know their fans have heard that before.

The Angels think they have the team that can end their postseason drought at seven seasons, but they know their fans have heard that before.

After helping the Dodgers win the World Series, Victor González put on so much weight that it led to a poor 2021. He’s back in shape and ready to improve.

The Dodgers were supposed to host the 2020 All-Star game, but that was canceled by the pandemic. They’ll finally get it after waiting 42 years for another shot.

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani can be a free agent in two years, and Angels owner Arte Moreno must show him the organization can build a contender.

The designated hitter is now part of both leagues. Each team will play every other team in 2023. The days of the traditional NL and AL are over.

With the lines between the American and National leagues being blurred, MLB has a great opportunity for division realignment in the future.

The ‘Shohei Ohtani rule’ will benefit teams beyond just the Angels and their two-way star. Here’s a look at all the new rules coming to MLB this season.

Looking for the smart money on the Dodgers? Betting against the Dodgers winning the World Series is an option. Betting on Julio Urías might be more lucrative.

Named the opening day starter for the first time in his career, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler always makes quite an impression on those around him.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Monday announced infielder Edwin Ríos will be the 12th position player on the club’s roster.

Trading AJ Pollock comes with risks, but adding a proven closer such as Craig Kimbrel was too valuable an opportunity for the Dodgers to pass up.

Tyler Wade, who will be splitting time at second base for the Angels this season, explains why he’s happy to be back in Southern California.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer cannot access the cellphone records of the woman who accused him of sexual assault, a judge ruled Monday.