Since we last caught up with the AL West, a lot as changed, yet it’s stayed mostly the same …
Well, the Rangers seem to be chugging along, currently holding the AL’s best record. Their offensive struggles seem to be a thing of the past as Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton have started to heat back up and David Murphy continues on his tear. Despite that, starting pitching remains a question mark. With a Yu Darvish quad injury, it looks like Roy Oswalt will be back in the line up for a bit longer.
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Strong offensive performances and solid starting pitching have certainly been the story of this unexpected playoff contender. However, the Bartolo Colon PED suspension is definitely a big blow for this wild card hopeful. Over the past 2 weeks, the A’s have played .500 ball, but have still been able to hang in there in the Wild Card standings, currently tied with Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Detroit. With a series coming up against the Rays this weekend, they’ll be looking to get a few games up in the WC standings.
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Los Angeles Angels
This team just can’t seem to get things together. Despite an MVP-esque season from rookie Mike Trout, the Angels just can seem to find their stride, and a Pujols injury (who left early during Wednesday’s game) certainly won’t help things. The Angels are currently sitting 9 games behing the Rangers and 3 games back in the wild card. With a weekend series against the Tigers, they’ll be hoping to gain some ground in the WC.
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The Mariners have definitely the story of the past week or so, topped off with Felix Hernandez’s perfect game against the Rays on Aug. 15. Oh and over the past 2 weeks, they’ve only won 10 of 12. They are definitely a long shot to make the post season, currently 6.5 games back in the Wild Card, but if they can keep up their winning ways, maybe they can make a run.
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