AL West Articles

Yu Darvish
The last place the Texas Rangers expected to find themselves in 2014 was last place. But that’s where they finished after injuries conspired to knock them from favorites in the American League West to a 95-loss season and sole occupancy of...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Felix Hernandez
This shapes up as a season of hope — and expectation — in Seattle after last year’s 16-game turnaround and the addition of the major leagues’ home run champion. The Mariners fell one game short a year ago of ending a...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Sonny Gray
You can no longer tell the A’s without a scorecard. Quite a change from the team that won the American League West in 2012 and ‘13. A three-peat was expected last season, but the A’s crawled through the wild card door after owning...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Mike Trout
The investments took a bit longer to pay off than expected, but the Angels finally justified the free-agent expenditures of recent winters and returned to the playoffs in 2014. They announced their return to championship contention with unexpected...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Jose Altuve
You could argue that the Astros had nowhere to go but up in 2014. After all, they won just 51 games the year before and couldn’t afford another 100-loss season. But the Astros wound up making one of the biggest turnarounds in baseball last...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
The 2013 MLB season is almost here. Texas and Houston will get things started on Sunday night as the Astros play their first-ever game as an American League team. That's not the only change baseball fans will have to get used to this season as...
Charlie Miller
2 years ago
The American League West is arguably the toughest division in baseball, which isn’t great news for an Astros team making its move into the division while trying to rebuild following the two worst seasons in franchise history. Coming off a club-...
Charlie Miller
2 years ago
AL West 1. Texas 2. Los Angeles (wild card) 3. Seattle 4. Oakland While the Los Angeles Angels upped the ante in the AL West by signing the ultimate free agent, Albert Pujols, and by signing away the Rangers’ best pitcher, C.J. Wilson, the...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Texas Rangers The American League West race likely won’t be a runaway in 2012, as it was the past two seasons, but the Rangers remain the team to beat. They have the best infield in baseball and one of the top outfields. They received...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Seattle Mariners On the morning of July 6, 2011, the Mariners were 43-43 and two and a half games out of the AL West lead. Less than three weeks later, they were 43-60 and 15.5 games back. The 17-game losing streak came to define the Mariners'...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Oakland A's Billy Beane's offseason left little doubt among A's fans that the team was shifting its focus beyond 2012. Beane traded away Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey, the only three players who have represented Oakland as All-...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Los Angeles Angels Arte Moreno clearly doesn't like finishing second. After the Angels missed the playoffs in consecutive years (2010-11) for the first time in his ownership, Moreno fired GM Tony Reagins and a handful of long-time front-office...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
— by Mark Ross Pitchers are scheduled to report to spring training in less than a month, and if Major League Baseball’s offseason is any indication, a lot of teams’ postseason hopes will be riding on those arms that will get tuned up in Florida...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
MLB Mt. Rushmoresby Charlie MillerMajor League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams....
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
MLB Mt. Rushmoresby Charlie MillerMajor League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams....
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
MLB Mt. Rushmoresby Charlie MillerMajor League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams....
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
MLB Mt. Rushmoresby Charlie MillerMajor League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams....
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter) No one should envy the American League Cy Young voters this year. Last night, Jered Weaver, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander all took the mound and all led their teams to victory. Weaver went...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
Twitter: @4QuartersRadio The MLB All-Stars have been selected, and there is no shortage of debates on the merits of the players who made the mid-summer squads. Most of the candidates, though, have some merits to debate. This piece is not...
Scott Henry
3 years ago