The Angels got off to a terrible start, but when you go out in the offseason and sign one of the game's all-time best hitters and add a high-quality starter to a team that's already got a very strong nucleus, good things are eventually going to happen. The trick, apparently, was just getting everybody on the same page.
Albert Pujols is back to his old self, and two of the best young hitters in the game —
I'll take the Reds. The Reds started slow — in part because of five losses in seven games to a surprisingly strong
The Reds are done with the Nationals. They're done with the
Phils, Bucs in good shape
The Pennsylvania teams have great chances to have really good second halves for different reasons.
The Phillies are desperate but getting healthy. Chase Utley and
Playing for Bobby Valentine is never easy, but that's because he pushes his teams. I'm a believer, and I think Boston fans will see what I mean as July turns into August and the Red Sox start to get healthy.
Despite a devastating run of injuries, Valentine's team has compiled the fourth-best run differential in the AL. It may take a smart trade or two — the bullpen is an area of special interest — but the Red Sox are going to step it up after a chaotic, disappointing first half.