April 23, 2012
White Sox and Angels Bill Shaikin Los Angeles Times The White Sox might be the biggest surprise, since management appears to vacillate between keeping an old team together and rebuilding. The Sox won the World Series in 2005, but they have won one playoff game since then and attendance has fallen from 3 million to 2 million. But pitching wins, and the White Sox are the only AL team in the top three in earned-run average for starters and relievers. The Angels would be the biggest disappointment.
April 2, 2012
Angels, Rangers in ALCS Mike DiGiovanna Los Angeles Times The top four teams in the American League are, in no particular order, the Yankees, Tigers, Rangers and Angels, and I would be stunned if all four, under the new five-team playoff format, didn't reach the postseason. The final spot will come down to the Red Sox and Rays. The axis of power in the league is shifting from the Northeast (New York-Boston) to the West, so I like the Angels and Rangers to reach the championship series.
March 29, 2011
Predicted finish, records Rangers Angels Athletics Mariners 87-75 86-76 78-84 61-101 Pennants, wild cards since 1995: 2, 3 Average payroll: $99.3 million (third of six divisions) Manager with World Series rings: Mike Scioscia ('02) Players with MVP awards: Josh Hamilton ('10), Ichiro Suzuki ('01). Pitchers with Cy Young awards: Felix Hernandez ('10) Possible high fantasy picks: Hamilton, Hernandez, Ian Kinsler, Trevor Cahill.
November 21, 2010
The Diamondbacks are making every player, including Justin Upton (right), available in trades. The Red Sox and Yankees are interested but Boston has a lot more to give up for the supremely talented right fielder. … While the Rangers can return their World Series team essentially intact, the A's and Angels figure to make an AL West repeat problematic. The A's have a wealth of pitching and are working to pry away third baseman Adrian Beltre from the Red Sox, with an opening offer of five years, $64 million.
May 9, 2010
Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 3.99 ERA) appears to be all the way back for the Tigers. He froze Justin Morneau with a well-placed 94 mph fastball Tuesday, when he retired 12 straight Twins in one stretch. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called Willis' stuff "good, really good." He faces the Yankees on Monday. … The Mariners' Ken Griffey isn't the only old hand whose popularity and production is an issue for an AL West front office. The A's are dealing with the same thing involving Eric Chavez, who is turning the designated hitter spot into a powerless wasteland.
April 2, 2010
Respect my authority Peter Schmuck Baltimore Sun I hate to ruin the suspense, but I'm pretty sure I can pick the teams right on the nose. Not because they're particularly obvious, except the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, but because I have a tremendously inflated sense of my own ability to make accurate predictions with little real evidence to support them. Though I'd like to pick the Mariners in the AL West, I have a personal rule against picking any team that has Milton Bradley in the middle of its lineup, so I'll take the Angels again.