Browse the preseason predictions across the web in the days leading up to MLB Opening Day 2014, and you will find writers and analysts scattered on their opinions of the Los Angeles Angels.
Many still have the Angels near the top of the AL West, with some predictions of a division crown. Even for a team that has struggled the last two seasons and has some issues in the starting rotation, it is hard not to be taken in by a lineup with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton has his issues, of course, and he got off to a putrid start in 2013. Lost in the fact that nobody was discussing the Angels, however, is the fact that Hamilton actually had a solid second half of the season.
He might never be the transcendent talent that we saw a few years ago while playing in Los Angeles, but he could still have a huge impact on the AL West race. On Friday night he showed signs of coming into form for Opening Day with a big three-run home run.