The AL West Looks Rosy DeepInTheHearta
As August arrived, the American League West race looks to be charging into baseball's dog days, thanks to the non-waiver trade deadline.
For most of the prior two months, it seemed like the Texas Rangers had and would keep a stranglehold on the division.
The Houston Astros got hot for a while after they installed George Springer into the leadoff spot, but they couldn't sustain the momentum.
Meanwhile, no AL West team made hay at the deadline like the Rangers:
- Not only did they find a more consistent bat than the injured Prince Fielder in Carlos Beltrán,
- The made a serious upgrade at catcher with the addition of Jonathan Lucroy.
- The sleeper in the dealing may turn out to be their most valuable addition down the stretch: Brewers' closer Jeremy Jeffress.
Now all they've gotta do is reverse a trend and start winning the games they're supposed to win.
Adrián Beltré has been solid all season, and with Yu Darvish getting back up to speed after his DL stint, the pitching could go from good to stellar, especially if Cole Hamels keeps keeps up his torrid pace.
Houston may have hit the skids lately, but they've still got the time and what it takes to matter in the playoff picture.
They've also got Astros Girl.
Seattle only has 69 years to go to match the Chicago Cubs for World Series futility, but given their history, they've got a shot. Especially when a proven way for a player to excel is to become an ex-Mariner.
As to Oakland and the Angels, in BBQ terms, consider them done and well-done.
The Athletics remain on sewer watch, and there's nothing to watch in Anaheim except Mike Trout and a declining Albert Pujols.
After all, Kole Calhoun can only take the Halos so far.