It's that time of year again at Angel Stadium... the home opener! The Angels host the Kansas City Royals -- the team that swept them in the ALDS in the postseason in October. Today is a day to celebrate goals and optimism and renewed hope. Here are the five reasons the Angels will make the World Series. -- Jill Painter Lopez
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Mike Trout will have another MVP-like campaign
The reigning AL MVP is picking up right where he left off with 36 home runs and 111 RBI. He homered in his first at-bat of the season in Seattle earlier this week and had a terrific spring. He had a quiet offseason in preparation for another fantastic campaign.
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Garrett Richards will be back soon
The starter went down in Boston after an awkward fall last August and had knee surgery, ending his season with 13 wins. His rehabilitation went according to plan. He had a solid spring and even though he started the season on the disabled list, he should be back in the rotation soon. Richards figures to make a run at the Cy Young Award, too.
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The Angels will use last season's postseason debacle as motivation
Before the 2014 playoff run (which ended via a sweep by the Royals), the Angels hadn't been to the postseason in five years. It was Mike Trout's first playoff experience, too. The Angels have that experience under their collective belts, and can go to work on replicating the 98-win season from one year ago with different results in the postseason. Most of the roster is in tact from last year, and the Angels want to move on from that short-lived postseason.
Celebrating 50 years in style is in order
This season is the Angels' 50th year at Angel Stadium. Former Angel pitcher Mike Witt -- who tossed a perfect game in 1984 -- will throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Friday's home opener. All year, the Angels will celebrate five decades in Anaheim. With all the revelry and tradition and honoring of former players, some of that Angels magic should rub off on this year's team. The Angels have just one World Series title in organization history in 2002. Getting back to the World Series in such a special year would be fitting.
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Albert Pujols is healthy again and looking like the old Pujols
The slugger was healthy last season, and it showed in the statistics with 28 home runs and 105 RBI. The 35-year-old Pujols entered spring training healthy too, and already had a key home run in Seattle on Wednesday as the Angels won their first road series of the season. The 1-2 punch of Trout and Pujols in the lineup is looking like one of the best in baseball. Already with two championship rings, Pujols is intent on helping the Angels win another one.