Over the past 2 weeks, not a lot has changed in the AL West, except Texas’ lead in the standings and Oakland and Seattle battling it out for 2nd place. So let’s recap:
Well, the Rangers have just continued to win, winning 10 of their last 12 games. They have yet to lose a series this season and just recently took 2 out of 3 from the Yankees. How are they doing it? Lots of offense and great pitching. As a team, they have a .295 batting average with 31 homers and 107 runs scored, all of which lead the majors.
Josh Hamilton has continued his tear through April, touting a .390 batting average with 8 home runs. The pitching staff as a whole has a 2.62 ERA on the season, which leads the AL. If they can keep this up all season, we really could be seeing them in the World Series for a 3rd straight year.
For more on the Rangers, visit Big Game Claws.
Since we last checked in with the A’s, they have won 7 of their last 13 games. So far this season, Oakland’s pitching has been pretty solid with a 2.71 ERA, second only to Texas in the AL. Unfortunately the A’s really haven’t been able to get it together on offense so far this season. Their .205 team batting average is the worst in the majors and only Pittsburgh (41) has fewer runs scored than Oakland (59). If this team can start to muster up a little bit more offense to support their pitching staff, they could certainly contend.
The bright spots in the Oakland offense have certainly been Yoenis Cespedes, who is currently hitting .269 with 5 homeruns, and Kila Ka’aihue, who is currently leading the team with a .333 batting average. So far this season, I’d say Cespedes has been living up to the hype. Let’s see if he can keep it up.
For more on the Athletics, visit The Oaktown Breakdown.
The Mariners have won 6 of their last 12 games, including a sweep of the Detroit Tigers. I’m not really sure what to make of this team yet. Some games they look great, others terrible. Guess that’s why they are playing .500 ball, huh?
Offensively, they are hitting .240, which is 19th in all of baseball, yet they have 81 runs scored, 11th overall. I guess they’re efficient when getting men on? As far as pitching goes, they’ve been mediocre with a couple of standouts, namely King Felix (shocking, right?).
For more on the Mariners, visit Needle Ball.
Los Angeles Angels
Seriously, can this team get anything right? The Angels have certainly been reeling these past couple of weeks, winning only 4 of 13. Yikes. Oh and they’re currently riding a 4-game losing streak. They also only have 1 series win on the season so far (against the Orioles). I’m not thinking this is what ownership and Angels fans were expecting from this team.
Albert Pujols is also still underperforming, touting a measly .224 batting average prior to Thursday’s game and is still homer-less.
I don’t really expect the losing or Pujols’ lack of offense to continue much longer, but I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts.
Overall, the thing to take away is SMALL SAMPLE SIZES. There’s still a lot of baseball left to play. Anything can happen.