I cannot put my team first, that would seal their fate in last. So, I am putting the Angels first. They did lose their fair share of players in Figgins, Lackey and Guierrero, but I don’t think that changes much for them. Their pitching staff still contains the likes of Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders. Their offense still has Kendry Morales, Torii Hunter and Brian Abreu. This team is well managed and will again be atop the standings.
I have already covered the Mariners at length during the offseason, no reason for me to repeat myself. Just work out all the bugs out in the spring and hit the ground running. Don’t rush back Bedard, and keep Lee healthy and we will compete.
The Rangers are set to take over this division as well, especially if they get their pitching squared away. Of course they have hitters on this team. How could you not by playing in that stadium 81 games a year. The question will come down to pitching. Rich Harden has seen the DL more times than most. If he can remain healthy, they could be in luck for a good run at the top.
Why is Oakland last? Because someone had to be. They are rebuilding, and I think this is great. I am not an A’s fan, but in about 2 years, they will be back on top in the AL West. If Justin Duchschere can stay off the DL, they have a genuine ace in him to build around. Their offensive power might be missing this year, and will be forced to win games with the small ball. Oh, and I think Kurt Suzuki is an all-star catcher with his mix of power and ability to hit for average.