Vol 5: AL West Weekly Recap

by Collin Budd | Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015
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A weekly installment here at Baseball Hot Corner, here is some of the happenings from around the AL West from the fifth week of the season
Houston Astros

After an incredibly hot start to the season, the Astros fell a little bit closer to the rest of the pack of the American League West after a rough week where the club went 2-5 which included a three game sweep at home at the hands of the Texas Rangers. Even after the disappointing week, the Astros still hold a five game lead in the division and are the only team that is above .500.

The Astros current poor play could be a direct result of the team’s poor hitting which was only able to muster about two runs a game for the last week. Dallas Keuchel continued his solid 2015 campaign and took a hard luck no decision against the Rangers on Monday with eight innings allowing only one run on five hits and striking out eight and followed it up later in the week with 6 and two thirds innings and four earned runs raising his ERA to 1.39 on the season.

Record: 20-12

Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels were able to pick up a game in the standings this week after they went 4-3 against divisional foes Seattle and Houston. Much like most of the division this week, LA found themselves in many close contests as each game was decided by two runs or less. Jered Weaver showed signs of returning to his top of the rotation form when he threw a complete game shutout to record his first win of the season on Friday. Also Garrett Richards did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and struck out ten picking up the series clinching win against the Astros.

The Angels offense continues to struggle as they enter play on Monday, only Mike Trout is hitting over .300 out of all the regular starters. Collectively, the Angel’s on-base percentage is under .300.

Record: 15-17

Oakland A’s

Last week proved to be a dreadful week for the Oakland A’s as they were only able to win one game on the road against the surging Minnesota Twins and then were swept in Seattle. Oakland could not quite find a way to win most of the close games and dropped four one run games. The lone win on this week’s road trip was pitched by Jesse Chavez who did not allow an earned run over 71/3 and striking out seven. Entering play on Monday the A’s currently sit in last place, two games behind the Texas Rangers.

Although the A’s have a tough hill to climb to get back to the .500 mark and back into the playoff hunt, the club has been famous for their second half surges. It is still way too early to count out the Oakland A’s.

Record: 12-21

Seattle Mariners

Another week has come and gone and the Seattle Mariners continue to hover around the .500 mark, thus far failing to live up to the hype that surrounded the team entering the 2015 season. The Mariners found themselves in plenty of close games this week and outside of Saturday’s 7-2 win, every game this week was decided by one run. The Mariners won in exciting fashion on Friday as Logan Morrison clubbed an 11th inning solo home run to beat the A’s.

Staff ace and perennial Cy Young candidate, Felix Hernandez, made history on Sunday as he became the 4th youngest pitcher to get to 2,000 strikeouts.

The Mariners have an off day on Monday before they embark on a nine game road trip to the east coast to take on Baltimore, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

Record: 14-17

Texas Rangers

Headed into the week, it appeared that it would be a tough seven game road trip as the Rangers headed to Houston before a four game series with the Tampa Rays. However the Rangers were buoyed by strong pitching performances and some timely hitting and were able to sweep first place Houston before splitting the series at the Trop. The star of the road trip was Wandy Rodriguez who set a team record by retiring 34 straight batters. Rodriguez made two starts this road trip and tossed 14 innings only surrendering two runs on five hits while striking out 14.

Also the Rangers witnessed the re-emergence of velocity from closer Neftali Feliz. Feliz looked unhittable during the ninth inning of Sunday’s game and was touching 98 MPH to go along with nasty slider.

Starting tonight, the Rangers open up a seven game home stand against the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians and some speculate that at some point during the next week, Josh Hamilton will join the team in Arlington.

Record: 13-18

Position Player of the Week: Marcus Semien .440 AVG, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 SB

Pitcher of the Week: Wandy Rodriguez, 2 W, 14 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 14 SO

Don’t forget to check back every Monday for updates on your favorite division! The BHC writers will bring you a summary of EVERY division each week!

 

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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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