Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14
When Mark Trumbo is smashing line drives into the alleys and Mike Trout is circling the bases with reckless abandon, it's tough to remember when the Los Angeles Angels were in trouble this season because Albert Pujols was struggling. Not only is the Angels' $240 million first baseman rounding into fearsome form, the youngsters in his lineup are producing All-Star seasons as Los Angeles chases another championship. The Angels return for the second half Friday at Yankee Stadium against one of the few teams that has been on their level since Trout joined Los Angeles in late April. The Angels are the majors' best team since the 20-year-old outfielder was recalled, and they've got the fourth-best record in the majors overall (48-38) despite their dismal start to Pujols' first season.
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