After the first nine games of the 2014 season, there really is no clear-cut leader in the American League West. Some of that is due to the teams beating up on each other, and some of that is due to the large amount of injuries or plain ineffectiveness that have befallen the American League West so far. Let’s review:
Colby Lewis has an out in his minors contract today, but has agreed to not exercise it and has been assured he’ll be in #Rangers‘ rotation.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 10, 2014
LA Angels of Anaheim:
So what does all this mean? It means, as a reader so succinctly put, that the American League West gods want the Astros to win the division. The Astros are the least hard hit team in the division when it comes to injuries right now. Even with the injuries and the ineffectiveness of their closer, I still think the A’s are the team to beat. Here is where it all stands right now:
We are not very far into a long season, but injuries have played their part in this division so far. The Josh Hamilton injury is a huge deal for the Angels, and the waiting game for Beltre is a huge deal for Texas Rangers fans. Seattle lost one of their best pitchers, and the A’s don’t have a closer. The American League West is banged up, so it should be fun to see how the division starts to sort itself out over the next few weeks. I hope the Texas Rangers start moving up the ranks.