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MLB Preview: Angels will continue to dominate AL West

Kabir Gulati

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: Sports
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Unfortunately for the Rangers, Mariners, and Athletics, the Angels aren't in rebuilding mode. Unlike the other American League (AL) divisions, the West doesn't have many competitors to challenge the top dog. Focused mainly on hitting, most of this division lacks the pitching depth to have the staying power to be in the running in September. I don't think any of these teams will be representing the AL in the World Series, but the Angels have a chance to once again win the most games of any team this season.



Los Angeles Angels

(Rank in division) Batting: 1; Fielding: 2; Starting Pitching: 1; Bullpen: 1; Coaching: 1



Last Year: 1st (100-62) 2009 Prediction: 1st - The Angels are once again obviously the class of this division. Though they have lost some big names, L.A. was able to retool through free agency and will use their stacked lineup to cover for Teixeira replacement rookie Kendry Morales. Having lost the saves single-season record holder K-Rod to the Mets in free agency, All-Star closer Brian Fuentes will now take the ball in the ninth from a stellar starting lineup consisting of four potential aces and a battalion of pitchers contesting for the fifth spot. Mike Scioscia had his men playing great baseball all last year, accumulating 100 wins, but, this season, post-season success will be demanded of him.



Oakland Athletics

Batting: 4; Fielding: 3; Starting Pitching: 3; Bullpen: 3; Coaching: 2



Last Year: 3rd (75-86) 2009 Prediction: 2nd - Oakland General Manager Billy Beane and his moneyball ways are at it again. Feeling as though he has a shot with this team, he splurged on players, trading for Matt Holliday and signing Jason Giambi. Not only is this a smart move because it gives the Athletics a real chance at the division, but come July, if they are not in contention, Beane can use Holliday as trade bait. Somehow this team always manages to win games, and with the addition of a few players with some pop, the Athletics have a fair shot at stealing the division from the Angels.
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