The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets are often mentioned when the topic of conversation turns to the best teams in baseball this year, but another team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has been gaining supporters in recent weeks.
“They’re the best in baseball right now,” one scout said of the Angels. “I’ve seen all three teams, and they’re all very good, but if I had a choice, the Angels are the last team I’d want to play right now.”
...Another scout said the Angels’ depth and versatility are what separates them from most teams.
“They’ve got guys like Vladdy [Guerrero] and [Gary] Matthews who can beat you with the home run,” another scout said. “But they can also beat you with their running game. They’ve got speed at the top and off the bench. Everybody in their lineup, top to bottom, can hurt you in multiple ways.”