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HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

Mar 25, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

Keep in mind: I taped this before all the Rangers players got the plague and stuff over the weekend.

  1. johnnysoda - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    1. Rangers (94-68)
    2. Athletics (91-71, WC playoff spot)
    3. Mariners (77-85)
    4. Angels (76-86)
    5. Astros (59-103)

  2. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Quick to overlook injuries to their SP, 2B 10-12 weeks, and C 10-12 weeks. They added Choo and Fielder but subtracted Joe Nathan, Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, and Ian Kinsler.

    • leylandshospicenurse - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Not to mention Feliz’s problems, trading Gentry, and moving Scheppers out of relief. The pen is much weaker than last year.

      • bendover09 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        I guess you two never watch a game last year when Joe Nathan came up to pitch.

        The dude could not 1-2-3 a 9th to save his life. I had more nail bitters and fast forwards last year than the WS. David had a .220 avg. He killed us with his poor hitting that stopped innings with his poor at bats. Gentry has never been a full season man, ever. Just wait until pitchers figure him out he’ll come back to earth.

        Honestly, I think the bullpen depth will be stronger than last year. Definitely the offense as well
        The rangers have depth, don’t forget that

    • Jonestein - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Losing Murphy was addition by subtraction. Gentry for Choice will be a wash (but an increase in power). Cruz was in decline and will continue to decline. Kinsler was also in decline and I doubt the decline stops…maybe a new-environment bump will help slow it down.

      But despite those equation changes, yeah, we’re probably still screwed.
      A’s/Angels (Angels if Blantonless pitching, Pujols/Hamilton bounce back. Else, A’s runaway with it)

  3. adventuresinfresno - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    A’s 96 wins
    Rangers 92
    Mariners 83
    Angels 76
    Astros 64

  4. vegagreenleaf - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Seahawks, Super Bowl champs! Mariners, 2014 World Series champs!

    Even a delusional homer can dream, right?

    • renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:42 AM

      Yeah.. Well that’s what happened with the Pats when the RedSox won the World Series last year and look what happened to them.

  5. markofapro - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    The rangers have depth? Where?

  6. chill1184 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    1. A’s
    2. Rangers
    3. Mariners
    4. Angels
    5. Astros

  7. Bob - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Hey, the Astros changed their logos more than a year ago. How about changing it in your graphics on the video? Geez…

  8. stevequinn - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    1. Rangers
    2. Angels (If they get any pitching at all)
    3. As
    4. Astros
    5. Mariners (Cano cannot pitch too)

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