TEMPE, Ariz. There is high anticipation surrounding the Angels as pitchers and catchers report to spring training Monday, the team's surprising December addition of baseball's top free-agent slugger boosting its World Series hopes.
Wait, haven't we seen this before?
Yes, the names have changed, Josh Hamilton replacing Albert Pujols as the off-season acquisition, but the theme entering 2013 is the same as 2012: The Angels, with a powerful lineup and stellar defense, are built to win the World Series, and anything short of a deep playoff run would be a disappointment.
These things don't always follow script, though. The Angels stumbled badly last April and spent three months climbing back into the American League West race before another slump in August cost them a playoff spot.
Having dynamic leadoff man Mike Trout for the first month the 21-year-old phenom didn't join the Angels until last April 28 could prevent a slow start, but if the Angels are to live up to their lofty ex...