Vol 4: AL West Weekly Recap

by Collin Budd | Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2015
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A weekly installment here at Baseball Hot Corner, here is some of the happenings from around the AL Central from the fourth week of the season
Houston Astros

The Houston Astros continue to be the most surprising team in all of Major League Baseball and find themselves with the second best record entering play on Monday. Winners of 10 straight, the Astros have a chance to extend their winning streak as they take on the Texas Rangers to start this week.

Last week the Astros were able to sweep a three game set against the San Diego Padres before winning all four games against the Seattle Mariners. AL Co-Player of the Week Jose Altuve has lead the offense to team’s best start through the first 25 games. Altuve hit .467 with five double, a home run, and eight RBIs. Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel remained unhittable in San Diego where he tossed 8 innings giving up just one earned run and striking out three. Entering play on Monday Keuchel leads all of MLB in ERA with 0.71.

On deck for the Astros this week is a three game set against the struggling Texas Rangers followed by a four game series game series at the LA Angels.

Record 18-7

Los Angeles Angels

The season may not have started off as the Angels would have liked as they are three games under .500 entering play on Monday and trail the first place Astros by seven games. Last week the Angels took on their division rival Oakland A’s and were able to win two of three in Oakland before being swept by the San Francisco Giants. The team’s success may rely heavily on the bullpen as the team continues to play many close games.

Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout continue to carry the offense and both played a huge part in Thursday’s series clinching win in Oakland. Calhoun drove in three runs and Trout made a terrific over the shoulder catch to secure the victory behind the shaky Halo bullpen. However, the team was not as lucky the next night as Joe Panik hit a two out single to win in the 9th inning.

Record: 11-14

Oakland A’s

Oakland was unable to make up any ground in their efforts to climb back to .500 as they went 3-3 for the week, losing a series against the Angels before taking two out of three against last place Texas. Through the first 26 games, Oakland is now 11-15 and 7.5 games out of first place. Sonny Gray improved to 4-0 on the young season after battling through six 2/3 innings on Sunday. Although he struck out ten Texas batters, he walked seven and was constantly having to pitch out of jams. Stephen Vogt provided the offense for Oakland by clubbing two home runs in Sunday’s game but Josh Reddick was the star for the week. Reddick hit .478 with three home runs and 12 RBIs earning him the Co-AL Player of the week.

Oakland continues their road trip this week starting with four games in Minnesota before heading to Seattle for a three game series.

Record: 11-15

Seattle Mariners

While many expected the Seattle Mariners to take a leap forward this season and compete for a AL West division title, the team has had a rather slow start and are five games under .500 25 games into the season. Last week was a roller coast for Seattle who started off with a three game sweep at Texas before being swept in four games by Houston.

Seattle’s starting pitching was dominant against the anemic Texas offense giving up just three earned runs and for the series, the Rangers only managed to score four runs in the three game series. Nelson Cruz continued to hit well against his former team and was able to pick up six hits and a home run in the series.

Seattle takes on divisional foes this week as they start off with a three game series in LA before hosting the A’s at home.

Record: 10-15

Texas Rangers

Through the first month of the season the Texas Rangers own the second worst record in Major League Baseball and already find themselves buried 9.5 games back of first place. It was a tough week for Texas and only managed to secure one win. Texas would have been in position to win their first series of the year had a seven run eighth inning by Oakland not occurred. Sunday’s game against Oakland was a microcosm of the season as Texas was able to get ten runners into scoring position before they were able to finally scratch a run across in the 9th inning.

Texas continues to struggle offensively and has been rumored they may be parting ways with hitting coach Dave Magadan in the coming weeks.

The Rangers have a tough four game stretch against Houston this week before heading to Tampa Bay for a three game set.

Record: 8-16

Position Player of the Week: Jose Altuve– .467, 5 2b, 1 HR, 8 RBIs

Pitcher of the Week: Sonny Gray– 2 W, 14.2 IP, 2 ER, 16 SO, 1.23 ERA

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Collin Budd
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Freelance writer covering the MLB since 2011. Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. Lover of all things except spiders and those who believe a hot dog is not a sandwich.

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