In a weekly post, we'll take a look around the AL West — what's happened so far, and what's on tap in the coming days.
1. Los Angeles Angels (2-1) — No Josh Hamilton has been a good thing for the Halos, who have gotten some good pitching performances and actually taken it to the consensus preseason favorite in the AL West, the Mariners, taking two of three in Seattle to start the season. Next up: Friday, 9:05 p.m., vs. Kansas City Royals.
2. Oakland Athletics (2-1) — The A's were stifled by Colby Lewis, but have absolutely ripped every other Texas pitcher to shreds while getting two masterful pitching performances of their own from Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, who combined to allow the Rangers three hits in their two starts. Next up: Today, 2:35 p.m., vs. Texas Rangers.
3. Houston Astros (1-1) — Two low-scoring pitching duels were split with the Cleveland Indians, and now they'll finish things off in a rubber match before heading to Texas. Next up: Today, 1:10 p.m., vs. Cleveland Indians.
4. Seattle Mariners (1-2) — The big preseason darlings haven't gotten off to a good start against their division rivals, but hold tight, Seattle, it's going to be OK. Next up: Friday, 9:05 p.m., at Oakland Athletics.
5. Texas Rangers (1-2) — See the Oakland post above, things couldn't have gone any more different for the Rangers in their three games. One great battle to tooth and nail with a nicely pitched win and two utter abominations of the game of baseball. Today is huge. Next up: Today, 2:35 p.m., at Oakland Athletics.