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With all due respect to the Oakland A's who are ahead of the Mariners in the standings at the moment, the AL West is technically a two-horse race.
Both the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels have the talent and experience fighting each year for the division.
The Rangers, twice-defending AL Champions, are off to a solid start once again, sporting a 40-27 record while leading the division with "rookie" pitching sensation Yu Darvish helping lead the way.
Meanwhile the Angels, who prior to the Rangers' rise the past two years were often the division front-runners, are finally starting to get in gear after a slow start and now only trail the Rangers by four games with a 36-31 record.
For the M's to join the fray they will need to piece together an impressive second half, but also need both ball clubs to suffer serious collapses.
Once again, if we do the math, if the Rangers who currently have a .597 winning percentage we're to stumble a bit and play .500 ball the rest of the way across 95 games, they'd still win 87 or 88 games.
This would still mean the M's would need to win almost two-thirds of their games the rest of the way to steal the division, but it sure would be tight.
If either team suffers from slumps and/or injuries, the door could open a little bit wider.