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1B/DH Kendrys Morales
Spring Standings (as of Mar. 20)
1. Seattle Mariners (17-7)
2. Texas Rangers (12-12)
3. Oakland Athletics (9-12)
4. Houston Astros (9-13)
5. Los Angeles Angels (6-13)
Not much can be predicted from the AL West standings this spring. The division as a whole has struggled this preseason, outside of the Mariners.
Depending on how well the Rangers are able to make up for their offseason losses, they may wind up finishing right around the .500 mark. They still have the pieces to make a run at the playoffs, but they could wind up being somewhat of a disappointment.
The Astros are under .500, so that's one thing that will likely hold true in the regular season. Their current .409 winning percentage would mean 66 wins over a full season, and that may be the best-case scenario for the team this season.
After another offseason of significant additions, expectations are high for the Angels once again, so the worst record in all of spring training is a bit off-base.
The Mariners are a team on the rise with a number of impressive young pieces, but they are at least a year away from making a serious run at contention, so they're overachieving.
The A's are one of the biggest questions marks in the league this coming season, as their magic in close games last season may not be sustainable. Still, it would be a major surprise if they finished under .500 this coming season.