With the Angels sliding, who is the Astros’ biggest challenger in the West?

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3. Texas Rangers

Similar to the Angels, the Rangers have always been big spenders in the offseason. This year, they locked down a new middle infield, consisting of Marcus Semien and Cory Seager. Not to mention their very mediocre pitching staff, these middle infielders are part of the problem right now.

Nobody can hit. Semien is currently batting .221 with a .635 OPS, while Seager is only managing a .227 average and a .708 OPS. You have to ask yourself, is that really worth the money? The club currently sits at 26-30 but has played a bit better as of late. They could be a .500 club if the bats get going, but I think their pitching won’t be able to help them much. They are not a contender.

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