This time last year I boldly predicted the Oakland A's would win the AL West. This year, it's not bold enough to call for a repeat (or is it?), so let's individualize a prediction for each player on the active roster.
The pitching staff must be dominant.
The Los Angeles Angels added Josh Hamilton to their already stacked lineup of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo. The Seattle Mariners bolstered their offense with power bats such as Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez. The Texas Rangers still have Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre at the top of their lineup.
A year ago, it was hard to recognize the faces in the Oakland bullpen. This season likely won't be much different. A's fans know them now, but the rest of the country still may not.
Then there's the lineup.
Brilliant pitchers can only do so much toward a win. The hitters still have to produce runs in the end.
So who will play hero in 2013? Who will lead in a statistical category, and who will regress? Keep reading to find out.
All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com