The Houston Astros are looking to win the American League West Division for the third time in a row. Are there any other teams in the division that are willing to take the Astros down? Let’s find out if there are some contenders in the AL West.
1. Houston Astros. The Astros have guaranteed that they will be a playoff contender once again by re-signing ace Justin Verlander and 3B Alex Bregman. Plus, Houston made their lineup even more efficient with the addition of OF Michael Brantley if he remains healthy. I hope that closer Roberto Osuna does not hit opposing players with his pitches because he hits women.
2. Seattle Mariners. The Mariners made decisions that puzzled Seattle fans by letting Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano go, but they made some savvy moves in the offseason by adding DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Domingo Santana, C Omar Narvaez, and pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who was an ace in Japan.
3. Oakland Athletics. The A’s could start off slow with 1B Matt Olson out for the first month of the season, but you cannot count out this lineup with DH Khris Davis bashing in the middle of it. If the A’s make a run at some pitching before the trade deadline, then Oakland could move higher in the standings.
4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This season is already a win for the Angels organization because they resigned OF Mike Trout to the biggest contract in baseball history. Their starting pitchers will be scorched this season.
5. Texas Rangers. Watching Rangers games will be interesting this season because their lineup is stacked, but the Rangers organization is banking on a few starting pitchers looking to reclaim their former glory (Lance Lynn, Edinson Volquez, Drew Smyly, and Shelby Miller). If two of these four pitchers work out, then Texas will be able to avoid the cellar.
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