Texas tops ESPN AL West position rankings
1. Mike Napoli, Rangers
2. Chris Iannetta/Hank Conger, Angels
1. Albert Pujols, Angels
2. Justin Smoak, Mariners
3. Mitch Moreland, Rangers
1. Ian Kinsler, Rangers
2. Dustin Ackley, Mariners
1. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
2. Scott Sizemore, A's
1. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
2. Erick Aybar, Angels
1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
2. Mike Carp, Mariners
1. Peter Bourjos, Angels
2. Coco Crisp, A's
1. Nelson Cruz, Rangers
2. Torii Hunter, Angels
1. Michael Young, Rangers
2. Jesus Montero, Mariners
As for the starting pitchers, the Angels get the three of the first four starting spots (Felix Hernandez was No. 1) and then Neftali Feliz is rated as the top No. 5 starter. The Rangers have the top bullpen Add it all up and here's how things finish:
1. Rangers, 56 points
2. Angels, 53 points
3. Mariners, 35 points
4. A's, 26 points
No surprise here: Based on this quick-and-dirty method, the Rangers and Angels will be neck-and-neck. A change here or there at a specific position and the Angels could have ended up with more points than the Rangers. The teams don't finish up against each other, although they do have a three-game series in Texas the final week. I have a feeling that series will may mean a little something.Again, check out the whole thing here. It's an interesting read.
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