Welcome to the Bronx, Mr. Pujols
In a weekly segment, we'll take a look around the AL West — what's happened so far, and what's on tap in the coming days.
1. Texas Rangers (11-2) — Wow. What a run this club has made over the last week. The Rangers have won 9 of 10 and have won seven straight after romping the formidable Detroit Tigers at the Rangers' house of horrors, Detroit's Comerica Park, in a series opener on Thursday. And while, yes, it's early, the scary part is the Rangers' two losses have both come at home as they've started 6-0 on the road. The Rangers have been one of the best home teams in baseball for years. The best part about all of this for the Rangers? That'd be the play of their heated AL West rivals, which will be discussed further down the list ... Next up: Today, 6:05 p.m., at Detroit Tigers
2. Oakland A's (7-7) — The A's and Mariners were thought by everyone, except the A's and Mariners, to be fighting it out for third place. And while, again, it's early and that could very well come to fruition, they're currently fighting it out for second. The lowly A's have won three straight against the aforementioned heated AL West rivals of the Rangers, doing the Rangers a huge favor early in the season. Next up: Today, 9:05 p.m., vs. Cleveland Indians
3. Seattle Mariners (7-7) — The Mariners have also shown some signs of life early in the season, playing the Rangers tight in their series last week and getting one of the two wins over the Rangers so far this year. The Mariners' starting pitcher will keep them in many games with Felix Hernandez, Blake Beavan, Justin Vargas and even Kevin Millwood. Their lineup has a little punch too, something they haven't had in years. Next up: Today, 9:10 p.m., vs. Chicago White Sox
4. Los Angeles Angels (4-9) — Excuse me for a second ... Hahahaha. Hahaha. Ha. The greatest team money could buy this off-season is off to a dreadful start and with three weeks still to go before they even meet the Rangers on the field, the Angels have already slipped into a seven-game deficit in the West. Now, we all know that won't stay the way it is, but something is clearly wrong with the Angels right now, most notably the horrible start to the season from Albert Pujols and the big-time concerns in the bullpen. Now, they host the hot-starting Baltimore Orioles, who are in first place in the dreaded AL East. Next up: Today, 9:05 p.m., vs. Baltimore Orioles