Tag "AL West"

Deep Dive: The Former Top Prospect Mashing the Ball Nine Years Later

When Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, and Sean Manaea were traded, we figured that the Oakland A’s would be pretty bad, even though they always manage to outperform expectations.

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Staff of Redemption: A Deep Dive Into the Game of the Mariners

Seattle entered this year with a bullpen that looked like one of the worst in the league. By some magic (pitching coach Pete Woodworth?), the Mariners have seen many positive developments in their bullpen.

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MLB Top Prospect Update: AL West

As we continue to look at what top prospects across the major leagues have done so far, let’s look at the American League West. The minor league season is officially a month old, so we have a lot more to go on to properly rank these prospects.

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Los Angeles Angels Trade Deadline Approach

Now that La Stella is out and Barreto is in until 2025, what other moves could happen in Anaheim despite having two of baseball’s best players on their roster?

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American League West Recap: 8/3-8/9

This entire 2020 season is unusual, and in the American League West, it’s been incredibly unusual. There are four struggling teams and one standout team, but while mostly everyone expected that standout team to be the defending American League champions, that certainly hasn’t been the case. As this season rolls on, it’s clear that we may have a one-horse race in this battle, and we may have a new AL West champion for the first time since 2016.

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American League West Breakout Candidates 

B.J. Martin looks at one player on each American League West club that is poised for a 2020 breakout.

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Team Grades: American League West

Once again, the Houston Astros are among the best teams in baseball. New signing Michael Brantley has been one of the highlights of this team, leading all qualified Astros with a .324 batting average. Not to mention Yordan Alvarez, who made his major league debut on June 9th. In 19 games, Alvarez has hit seven home runs and has an OPS of 1.141.  Their pitching has been dominant as well, as both their team ERA (3.86) and WHIP (1.14) rank fourth and second, respectively.

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