Today we wrap up our final edition of Hilaritan’s 2013 Major League Baseball Preview. For the last few days, we’ve taken a look at every division and looked at each team’s biggest offseason move and what each club will have to do to have a chance at the World Series. We conclude our season preview by taking a look at the AL West.
Hilaritan’s Projected 2013 AL West Standings
- Los Angeles
2012 Record: 94-68, first place. Lost Divisional Series to Detroit.
Biggest Offseason Move: The A’s kept most of their key players on the roster, simply adding low cost, solid players in true Moneyball fashion. Despite their continued use of this system, there are no talks of a Moneyball sequel in the works.
How They Can Win the World Series: They should start being nice to their cross-bay rival Giants and hope that they can be invited to sit in the San Francisco dugout during the World Series.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2012 Record: 89-73, third place. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: Los Angeles went big this offseason, opening up their pocketbooks and luring Josh Hamilton away from the Rangers. Hollywood seems like a great place for a former drug addict like Josh Hamilton.
How They Can Win the World Series: With Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in the same lineup, the sane Angels fans will expect nothing less than 100 homeruns each, a figure that would probably give them enough offense to cruise to a World Series victory.
2012 Record: 93-69, second place. Lost Wild Card Playoff game to Baltimore.
Biggest Offseason Move: A lot of Texas baseball fans were disappointed that the Rangers failed to attract any big name free agents while also failing to resign Josh Hamilton. Hey, at least the Cowboys had a good season? Oh, wait.
How They Can Win the World Series: For the last several years the Rangers have been a consistently good team that just can’t seem to get over that final hurdle. They should probably stop competing in the 400 meter hurdles.
2012 Record: 75-87, fourth place. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: The Mariners have finished last in the American League in scoring for the last four seasons. To help remedy this, they went out and signed the Houston Astros to join the American League. Seattle should be able to climb up to second worst.
How They Can Win the World Series: If every player on every other team died, the Mariners would have a shot. If that does happen, they might want to think about killing a few of their own players so that no one becomes suspicious of them.
2012 Record: 55-107, sixth place in NL Central. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: In an effort to further water down the history and tradition of baseball, the Astros left the National League after fifty years to join the American League simply because their new owner refused to tell Bud Selig no.
How They Can Win the World Series: With how bad Houston is expected to be, their only hope is for every sports movie cliché to come true. So they need to start the season playing as a group of misfits that can’t stand each other, but then halfway through the year they learn that if they don’t win the championship, Minute Maid Park will turned into a shopping mall. Only through this new found unity behind a sense of purpose will the team turn into a championship contender.