The Los Angeles Angels are a glass-half-full kind of team. At least, that is the hope as the Halos trudge into the second half of the 2013 season.
Currently on a six-game winning streak, the team has looked more like the Angels squad originally picked to do wonderful things to start the 2013 season, combining decent pitching with solid defense and impressive hitting.
It has been a positive sign for the Angels, leaving even the Detroit Tigers in their wake.
Now the team sits nine games back in the AL West with plenty of baseball left to turn the tides of fortune—which has been mainly misfortune for the Angels—as things heat up in the fall.
Unfortunately, the road to success does not come with a road map. And Fangraphs doesn’t make any navigation devices, at least that I know of.
The second half will exhibit just as much of the unknown as the first half so eloquently did.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn't take a crack at where they are going. While the first-half predictions have been exhausted, possibly proven false, there is always more room for crystal ball gazing.
Very much like Johnny Carson's wonderful character Carnac the Magnificent, I have put on my genie hat, consulted Twitter (my crystal ball) and conjured up five bold predictions for the Angels in the second half of the season.
I would be shocked if any of them were wrong (kidding...or am I?).
Note: All stats provided were courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.