Astros Link Dump: Bold Predictions, Good Investments and X-Factors


We’re just a few days away from the first Astros spring training game. While many of our favorite players likely won’t receive much playing time, who cares? It’s baseball! As we do every Monday, let’s get you caught up on what happened around the A.L. West this weekend.

New co-editor at Swingin’ A’s, Joseph DeClercq, wrote a piece detailing the battle that the Oakland Athletics have on their hands for the closer position with Sean Doolittle likely to start the season on the disabled list. With Doolittle’s timetable up in the air, the player that is chosen may have the job for a while.

Next: Who Should Close For Oakland?

Jason wrote a piece detailing the best and worst investments on the roster for Oakland heading into 2015. The A’s ranked 8th on the “Moneyball” power rankings. If you like this article, then there is an Astros version on the CTH homepage!

Next: The A's Best and Worst Investments

Editor at Nolan Writin’, Lisa Weatherall, put together a piece tracking the Texas Rangers milestones, and which are close to being surpassed.

Next: Rangers Milestone Tracker

Over at Sodo Mojo, hopes are running high that the Mariners will be able to claim the A.L. West crown. Charlie Spencer-Davis writes about Austin Jackson and the impact he could have in Seattle.

Next: Austin Jackson: Seattle's X-Factor

Dan Hughes throws out five bold predictions (as made by Sporting News) for the Mariners as the season approaches. I’m not sure Felix Hernandez “is really, really really good” counts as a prediction, however.

Next: Mariners Bold Predictions

Mike Greyshock gives his take on the Angels offseason over at Halo Hangout. They added some pitching, but lost some key players in the process.

Next: Analyzing the Angels Offseason

Brain Helberg takes a look at what the backup plan will be in Anaheim with Josh Hamilton‘s status up in the air.

Next: Hamilton Backup Plan: Joyce and Cron

Here at Climbing Tal’s Hill, we’ve been continuing our Astros roster predictions. Over the weekend we looked at the outfield, which has a lot of moving parts that could determine how the pieces fall.

Next: Astros Roster Projections: Outfield

We’re just as excited for you for some real live baseball to be played, so check back later in the week for our coverage!

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