How Does The AL West Stand Up

Kyle McAreavyContributor IMarch 20, 2010

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 10:  Cliff Lee #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during a spring training game against of the Texas Rangers on March 10, 2010 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The AL west is possibly one of the best divisions in baseball this year. They have the Seattle Mariners who have completely revamped their lineup, they have Ichiro and Chone Figgins hitting one and two and they have Felix Hernandez and recently suspended Cliff Lee as their 1 and 2 pitchers. The AL west also has the LA angels who are always in the mix for the playoffs.  This year the Texas Rangers look to add on to what they accomplished last year when they ended in second by adding players such as Vladimir Guerrero and Rich Harden. The team that is expected to end in last is the Oakland A’s who in my opinion will not be close to winning the AL west or even leading it at any point after the first week of the 2010 season.

The AL east is obviously a division that people will mention as one of the best divisions but I don’t know. The Yankees and Red Sox are good but after them the Rays are ok and both Toronto and Baltimore are absolutely terrible. So 2 good teams out of 5 versus 3 out of 4. So in the AL east that’s 40% of the teams that were good in the AL west it is 75% of the teams.

The other division that will be mentioned is the NL Central. The Cardinals are great (because of Albert Pujols. They lose him then they are nothing). The Cubs are ok and so are the Brewers. The Astros, Pirates and Reds are all pretty bad. So that’s 50% that are good and 16 2/3 that are really good. There are 3 teams in the running for that division out of the six. There are also 3 teams in the running for the AL west OUT OF 4 NOT 6.

Due to all this it seems as if the AL west is possibly the deepest division and possibly the best division in the MLB for 2010.