"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.