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This SoCal team may be the 'sleeper-pick' to win the playoffs




ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 19:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base as Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits for the throw during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 19: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base as Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits for the throw during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 19, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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"Hope springs eternal."

Baseball fans might have that saying in their heads a lot this time of year because spring means the start of a new season, which begins Thursday.

Opening day: every team is tied for first place, no team is in last, and hope is at its height — especially here in LA with the Angels and Dodgers.

Andy Kamenetzky says the Angels have a lot of reasons to be hopeful:

I think the Angels should be better this season. Centerfielder Mike Trout is arguably the best player in baseball — he's a six-time all-star, two-time MVP. He has not finished lower than 4th since entering the league in 2012.

They have a really good defensive shortstop in Andrelton Simmons, a really good starting pitcher in Garrett Richards, who, if he's healthy, is one of the best in the league.

They've made moves to improve, they added second-baseman Ian Kinsler and third-baseman Zack Cozart, Justin Upton, who was acquired at the tail-end of last season will have a full year in Anaheim.

They were already really good defensively, so they should be even better this year. They're considered a kind of sleeper-pick to win the playoffs. 



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