The Los Angeles Angels did not have a good start to last season. To a man they point to the beginning of 2012 as the reason their season ended on October 3 instead of later in the month during the playoffs. This season with several new players on the field both on and off of the pitcher’s mound, their aim is to make sure they are hitting on all cylinders on opening day.
Albert Pujols suggested that the entire team was pressing and trying to do too much last year. They did play better once things settled down but not quite good enough to win. Things could be different this year but if they are going to be, they will need to play every game as they suggested in their press conference recently. It’s one thing to say it and another thing to do it.
Newcomer Josh Hamilton seems to have a great attitude towards the season and likely will not have many problems settling into his new jersey. With good output by Hamilton and a healthy Pujols, the spark of lead-off man Mike Trout could bring the offense to the level they hope to be very quickly. The remaining component for the team will be to ensure that the pitching staff also hits their stride on opening day. If they do that, this team will be hard to beat on opening day of the season and in the final game of the World Series.