AL West: Pitching Dominance at a Glance

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AL West: Pitching Dominance at a Glance
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The entire landscape of the AL West has changed in recent years as the competition seems to be growing with arms. Last season, the Texas Rangers dethroned the Los Angeles Angels' run of three straight division titles and even went on to the World Series.

The AL West might be the most competitive division in baseball at the moment with just four games separating four teams.

Thus far, the Angels' rotation, led by Dan Haren and Jered Weaver has them rolling to an early lead at 20-15.  The Rangers and Oakland Athletics follow at 18-17 while the Seattle Mariners again sit in last at 16-19. This pitching-heavy division is tight right now and is largely up for grabs.

Though often overshadowed by the AL East, the West remains competitive for a four team division and has produced as many World Series appearances than the Central over the past 10 years.

For the Angels, they added outfielder Vernon Wells via trade from Toronto this winter, then extended his contract for $126 million over seven years. Wells has yet to prove his worth as he has struggled mightily, sitting at around .179.  If or when Wells and Torii Hunter start hitting, it could be a fun summer in Los Angeles.

Here is a far more in-depth look at the AL West and where it is heading.

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