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2013 AL West Predictions

March 31, 2013

The AL West may be one of the toughest divisions.  The addition of the Astros will only help the top teams to win more games.

1 Angels – The Angels are the tops in the league.  With Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton providing the offense and C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver at the top of their rotation, the sky is the limit for this club.

2 Athletics – The A’s proved that a small budget team can make it through a full season and come out on top.  They will probably not repeat as division champs, but their youth will serve them well.  They should be competing for a wild card spot when September rolls around.

2 Rangers – They lost Josh Hamilton (to the Angels), but the picked up A.J. Pierzynski.  Pierzynski will not fully replace Hamilton’s bat, but he will provide offense, defense, and he tends to ruffle the feathers of opponents.  The Rangers and the Athletics will battle all season, and they may pick up both of the wild card spots.

4 Mariners – The Mariners have Felix Hernandez, but the rest of their rotation is questionable.  Their defense is also suspect.  They will score some runs, but it won’t be enough to overcome the Rangers, Athletics, and Angels.

5 Astros – Two straight 100 loss seasons and a switch to a different league are not promising indicators for how this season is shaping up to be.  Add to that the lowest paroll in baseball, and things look downright awful for the Astros.  They may break 100 losses for a third straight year.  But their uniforms sure do look nice this season.

This looks like a very strong division.  The Angels should win it pretty easily, with the Athletics and Rangers tying for second.  The Mariners are not yet ready to crash the party and the Astros will struggle in their first year in the AL.

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