Houston Astros - Scott Feldman is a pitcher in baseball. He has a 5.73 ERA in 2014 spring games. He also is Houston’s number one starter. So this really is not a fully-formed squad yet but they’re working on it. Fantasy streamers will remember Brett Oberholtzer’s fine starts from the second half of 2013. Will L.J. Hoes seize his opportunity to become an everyday outfielder? Why is it funny to Blog that Chris Carter already projects as a DH at the tender age of 27? Blog doesn’t know.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - The red-clad men about towns sulked their way through 2013 with superstars Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton trying to out-sulk one another. They might sulk their way through 2014, as well. It’s kind of hard to tell at the moment. But Blog nevertheless sees Mike Trout and this new Kole Calhoun kid as being a super-dynamic pair that will make it difficult for our sulky superstar duo not to shake off the sulkiness. Can Hector Santiago give ‘em what they need in pitching department? Throw strikes Hector – get that WHIP down!
Oakland As - Loss of Jarrod Parker for season is a blow. Yoenis Cespedes, meanwhile, is having a rough spring. But it’s the As! Their famed flowers-blooming approach yields them Sonny Gray – a pitcher you could maybe build a season around. Last year Blog blundered into picking them as sleepers but this year Blog thinks they’ll have a tougher time of it. Will Brandon Moss be an All-Star? Yes. Yes he will. Wait maybe he won’t. Probably he will.
Seattle Mariners - Give ‘em the medal for weirdest off-season. Robbie Cano obviously makes them better but his ability to be a leader will be tested. Mariners don’t have a lot of other offense to power them forward. What is going on with Kendrys Morales? They desperately need his power if they’re going to have any hope. They also desperately need to get Hisashi Iwakuma healthy and hope he’s got MLB staying power. This other Yankee castoff, 5′ 9″ center fielder Abraham Almonte, might be fun to watch.
Texas Rangers - Lots of pricey talent and more than a few “strains” and “lingering issues” with various body parts. Derek Holland ugh. The rotation takes a major blow with that “freak injury” and Joe Saunders isn’t the answer although 22-year-old Martin Perez provides a measure of hope. Can Prince Fielder un-regress? Jurickson Profar gets keys** at second base now that Ian Kinsler is outta there. It’s hard to see them hanging with the big boys at the top of this division.
Predicted order of finish:
* wild card hunt
** so much for that