Tuesday, February 24, 2009

We're Aren't Experts: The AL West

Ed. Note: This is the fifth installment of our American baseball preview. These have happened:

John on the AL East
Rob on the NL Central
John on the NL East
Rob on the AL Central

Today is guest contributor Nick on the AL West. Tune in soon for the NL West and then postseason predictions. Same bat time, same bat network!

The only real question with the AL West this year is how many games the California Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) will win the division by. Not that it really matters. Whoever wins this division will just end up getting destroyed at some point in the playoffs by the team that wins the AL East. Hooray for parity in Major League Baseball.

Anyways, let’s get to the predictions:

LA Angels

Bang your thundersticks, call the rally monkey and get ready for another early exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Red Sox! Teams are finally catching on that all the Angels do is bunt and steal bases, with the occasional free-swinging Vlad Guerrero strikeout. Their pitching is pretty solid as long as Lackey stays healthy and Ervin Santana decides to stay good (which is never a guarantee). They’ll probably win the West but what do I know?

Oakland Athletics

Welcome to Oakland bitch! I don’t really have much to say about the Athletics. Their players get good, they trade them away. Pretty successful formula if your goal is to be consistently mediocre. I like their young pitching this year with Justin Doucher leading the way. And hey look! Jason Giambi is back! All they need now is to convince Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire to come back and it will feel like the mid-90’s again. Steroids!

Seattle Mariners

Is there anything good about Seattle? It is home to snobby liberal punks, it rains all the time, and their baseball team blows. It’s good to see that the Erik Bedard trade worked out for them. There’s nothing like trading away some of your top talent for a pitcher with a long history of injury problems. But that whole injury thing doesn’t seem to bother the Mariners much seeing as they brought ol’ Ken “creaky knees” Griffey Jr. back for another year. Look for the city of Seattle to set all kinds of suicide records this year.

Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers baseball: feel the excitement! With the bats of Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler leading the way, the potent Rangers offense could set some records this year. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure Michael J. Fox could find the strike zone more effectively than any of the pitchers in the Rangers starting rotation. When your staff ace is Kevin Millwood you have some serious problems. Expect a lot of 11-10 scores this year with plenty of Bell Atlantic calls to the bullpen.

Predictions:

Angels (94 – 68)

Athletics (86 – 75)

Rangers (79 – 83)

Mariners (59 – 103)

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