Astros: AL West Season Preview and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels had several offseason moves impacting their pitching staff and none more important than the acquisition of Noah Syndergaard. If he can return to his old form, the Angels will be a tough team with a solid lineup and good pitching at the top of the rotation.
The Angels could add a few offensive pieces during the season to try and fight for the top spot, but unless they sell the farm, it will be tough for them to get past the Mariners’ and Astros’ dynamic lineups. With the expanded postseason, however, they could make a push for the postseason if the cards fall their way and the Mariner-mojo has faded from last year’s hot streak.
In an extremely active offseason, the Mariners are making a push. After their red-hot streak to end the 2021 season, the Mariners have added some power to their lineup to try and push past the ever present front runner Astros.
The Mariners fall just short of the Astros in the standings in predicting due to their questionable back half of their rotation. Barring the Mariners adding a top-tier arm at the deadline, I think the Mariners just miss surpassing the Astros.