Starting Nine Update: American League West

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Starting Nine Update: American League West
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The next division up in our Starting Nine series is the American League West. This division has undergone the most change from top to bottom this offseason, so it will be interesting to see which lineup looks the best headed into the season.

Here are the updatedstarting lineups for the American League West.


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1. Erick Aybar, SS

2. Bobby Abreu, RF

3. Torii Hunter, CF

4. Kendry Morales, 1B

5. Hideki Matsui, DH

6. Howie Kendrick, 2B

7. Juan Rivera, LF

8. Brandon Wood, 3B

9. Mike Napoli, C

Quick Take – This lineup will miss Chone Figgins at the top of the lineup to an expect, but despite the Angels’ losses, this lineup is still pretty deep. Any lineup that has Napoli batting ninth should be able to score some runs.


Seattle Mariners

1. Ichiro, RF

2. Chone Figgins, 2B

3. Casey Kotchman, 1B

4. Milton Bradley, LF

5. Jose Lopez, 3B

6. Ken Griffey Jr. DH

7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF

8. Jack Wilson, SS

9. Rob Johnson, C

Quick Take – I can’t take a lineup that has Casey Kotchman hitting third seriously. I don’t care how many runs you prevent in the field, you need to score runs to win. The Mariners need a better DH than Griffey Jr.


Texas Rangers

1. Julio Borbon, CF

2. Michael Young, 3B

3. Josh Hamilton, LF

4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH

5. Nelson Cruz, RF

6. Chris Davis, 1B

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Elvis Andrus, SS

9. Andres Blanco, 2B

Quick Take – I love this lineup. With Ian Kinsler out, Borbon will move into the leadoff spot. He could be this year’s breakout player. The key to this lineup will be health.


Oakland A’s

1. Coco Crisp, CF

2. Rajai Davis, LF

3. Ryan Sweeney, RF

4. Kurt Suzuki, C

5. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B

6. Jack Cust, DH

7. Daric Barton, 1B

8. Mark Ellis, 2B

9. Cliff Pennington, SS

Quick Take – This is the worst in the American League (yes, worse than the Kansas City Royals) and perhaps the worst in baseball. There isn’t a guy in this lineup that would start on the Baltimore Orioles. Michael Taylor better make it to the A’s soon.

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