...that at the All-Star break...
1. The Angels will have 50 victories and be in both the AL West and in the Wild Card hunts.
2. Jered Weaver will be on a tear. Not only starting the All-Star game but leading all MLB pitchers in both ERA and WAR. He'll even be in the top 5 in all of the AL in WAR.
3. Mark Trumbo will have 17 home runs and lead all rookies in hits and RBI.
4. Every Angels starting pitcher will have an ERA under 4.00
5. Jordan Walden will be an All-Star and have 20 saves.
6. Scott Downs will have an ERA of 1.52 and a minuscule WHIP of 0.853; essentially be an 8th inning hammer.
7. Vernon Wells will have 13 home runs despite missing a month.
8. Alberto Callaspo will provide better than league average production from third base. (He's batting .281 while only fanning 29 times.)
9. Erick Aybar will find a little clutch and have 38 RBI.
10. Hank Conger will appear in 48 games.
11. Mike Trout will make his MLB debut.
... would you believe me? ... would you say "yeah, I'll take that?" ... or would you laugh?
Because every point on there is true.
I pretty sure that if somebody came up to me in Spring Training and told me this was how the first half of the year would go, I'd take it. I'm not naive enough to think there won't be hard times throughout the season, but all in all the Angels have a competitive team with some really nice pieces.
Where the team goes from here is yet to be seen, and I won't try to predict the future. All I know is that summer is that much sweeter when the Angels are playing good ball and in the playoff hunt.