Texas Rangers: Predicting the year-end American League West standings
By Travis Koch
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1st Place: Houston Astros (98-64)
The Astros taking the division title this year is practically a no-brainer. If they take a step back at all from their previous two dominant seasons, it will only be slight. I have them winning just under 100 games.
Their offense improved with the addition of Michael Brantley and their bullpen essentially carried over from 2018. However, a drop-off in starting rotation quality is a definite possibility with Lance McCullers lost for the year and Charlie Morton having moved on to Tampa Bay. Still, Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock and Wade Miley should close out what is still seen as a well above average staff.
Don’t hold your breathe Texas Rangers fans. Houston remains a cut above its American League West counterparts.