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Why Houston Astros Joining AL West Helps the Seattle Mariners
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Ladies and gentlemen, the Seattle Mariners are no longer the worst team in the AL West!

The Houston Astros have joined the AL West and Mariners fans are rejoicing as Astros fans mourn the loss of the double-switch.

This article may sound like a "The Astros suck" article, which it isn't, but you can't argue that the Astros are the best team in baseball.

While the move won't be in effect until the 2013 season, both teams don't seem to be going anywhere fast so I'm going to use statistics from this past season in this slide when comparing the teams.  

Let's be honest, they're not going to be much better in 2013 unless they both pull a Tampa Bay Rays and go from worst to first.

This move was made to balance out the leagues as well as the divisions.  The NL Central no longer has six teams and the AL West no longer have four.

The move was also meant to support an intrastate rivalry between the Astros and the Texas Rangers.

However the team benefiting the most is the Seattle Mariners and here are the reasons why.

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