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AL West Weekly Preview 8/8

After splitting a 4-game series in Cleveland, Houston looks to get back on track as they host in-state rival, the Texas Rangers. Seattle will begin a series with the New York Yankees that could have significant playoff implications. All is well with the two top teams in the division. 

On the other hand, Texas, LA, and Oakland continue to fall apart. After a terrific start to the season, the LA Angels have spiraled into a waterpark. Texas and Oakland are very much in a rebuilding mode.  

Houston Astros (70-40) 

  1. AUG 9-11 Vs. Rangers 

  2. AUG 12-14 Vs. Oakland

It would be safe to say, Houston has a comfortable schedule this week. With a much-needed off-day on Monday, Houston will have plenty of rest after a long plane flight home from Cleveland on Sunday. Should we be concerned about Hoston’s starting pitching staff after Verlander? No, not at all! Christian Javier and Jose Urquidy have kept the rotation in check for most of this year. 

Seattle Mariners (59-51) 

  1. AUG 8-10 Vs. Yankees 

  2. AUG 12-14 @ Texas 

On scale of 1-10, rate this fit 🔥 — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 8, 2022

To say a lot is riding on this week’s series versus the Yankees would be an understatement. To begin this series, Logan Gilbert will be in charge of getting his team off to a good start on the mound. Media members all over the country are calling the Mariners “America’s team.” Last time I checked, that name requires you to win. All joking aside, Seattle could be the underdog that fans search for come October.  

Texas Rangers (48-60) 

  1. AUG 9-11 @ Houston 

  2. AUG 12-14 Vs. Seattle 

The Texas Rangers have an opportunity to play what we call “spoiler” these last six weeks of the season. Both Houston and Seattle will likely be in the playoffs, so why not try to ruin their party late in the year? Many of the bottom teams in each division have similar ideas. 2022 All-Star pitcher Martin Perez looks to shut down the Astros offense on Tuesday night.  

LA Angels (46-63) 

  1. AUG 8-10 @ Oakland 

  2. AUG 12-14 Vs. Minnesota 

📍Oakland 📺 @BallySportWest 📻 @AngelsRadioKLAA #GoHalos — Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 8, 2022

Angels fans all over the country have to think, is this the final year we will see Trout and Ohtani play together? I have a similar thought when writing this. With a quick three-game series in Oakland, the first-place Minnesota Twins are coming to town with hopes of getting a series victory. Can The Angels in the outfield create some Magic? We will all have to watch and find out! 

Oakland Athletics (41-68) 

  1. AUG 8-10 Vs. Angels 

  2. AUG 12-14 @ Houston 

Oakland has presumably waved the white flag to the 2022 season. Disappointing would be the perfect way to describe the season Oakland is having. The Athletics will need to play better to avoid the dreaded 100-loss season Plantae. 

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