Projected 2010 AL West Standings

Jason KimCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners smiles with Ken Griffey Jr. #24 during practice before the game against the New York Yankees on September 18, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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1. Texas Rangers

The Rangers made key offseason additions this year: players like Rich Harden. Wait, hang on, I know how the Seattle Mariners made all those additions. Give me a chance to explain.

They have Ian Kinsler, rapidly improving Elvis Andrus, a .300 hitter, great fielder, leader in Michael Young, and if Josh Hamilton stays healthy, this will be a dominant lineup. Don't forget about Nelson Cruz, one of the most underrated in the 2nd half of the '09 campaign. By the way, they added Vladmir Guerrero. On the pitching side, Harden, Hunter, and Feldman will lead the way.

2. Seattle Mariners

I don't think they'll even make the playoffs! Don't count them out, though.

Even after adding Figgins, Kotchman, Lee, and Bradley, they probably won't. To me, they're one of the most over rated teams right now, just because they added Lee and Bradley. 

Figgins can replace Beltre, I'll tell you that. But Kotchman is going to have a little difficulty filling into Russell Branyan's shoes. Cliff Lee was a good addition with King Felix, but what about the rest of the rotation? Has anyone thought of that? Milton Bradley is very inconsistent, and I don't think this is going to be one of the years he plays well, after the distraction left at Wrigley. No Pressure for him? There is going to be plenty (not to mention he's playing for a contract this year).

3. Los Angeles Angels

Bold Prediction. I know. Even with Mike Scioscia, the loss of John Lackey and Chone Figgins is too much for this club to repeat as division champs. Hideki Matsui was a good addition to replace Guerrero but still not enough.

Even with the stacked pitching rotation, the Angels just won't be able to repeat.

They can still go for it, too but son't count on it.

4. Oakland Athletics

People say to this prediction: well duh. Not really. With adding an arm with Ben Sheets and a healthy offensive threat Kevin Kouzmanoff, this is a improved A's ball club.

They can still compete, and hurt some of the teams down the stretch in September.


Every team will finish at or above .500 in this talented division.