Vol 6: AL West Weekly Wrapup

by Collin Budd | Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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A weekly installment here at Baseball Hot Corner, here are some of the happenings from around the AL West from the fifth week of the season

Houston Astros

After a disappointing previous week, the Houston Astros got back into their winning ways last week. Currently holding the best record in the American League, the Astros split a short two game series with the Giants before sweeping the four game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. Houston’s offense was able to benefit from George Springer returning to the team after his sting on the DL. In his first game back, Springer launched his fifth home run of the season which ended up being the game winner for Houston. Dallas Keuchel also notched his fifth win of the season and is still undefeated through his first eight starts. On the year, he is currently holding hitters to a .182 batting average. Houston will wrap up their nine game home stand against the A’s on Wednesday.

Record: 25-14

Los Angeles Angels

It was a short week for the Angels this week and were able to climb back over the .500 mark. Notable performances this week include C.J. Wilson’s gem, tossing eight innings allowing two earned runs before Johnny Giavotella and Matt Joyce came through in the eighth inning to break open the ballgame. The following day, Mike Trout came up with a pair of incredible plays in extra innings against the Rockies to keep the game tied before Albert Pujols knocked in the winning run via a sacrifice fly. On the heels of his shutout last week, Jered Weaver allowed just one earned run on three hits to win his second game of the season.

Record: 19-19

Oakland A’s

The Oakland A’s appear to be fading fast. After last week the Athletics are now just 1-9 in their last ten ballgames. Their lone win came in a 4-5 victory last Monday against the Boston Red Sox. Pitching and hitting both appear to be failing the club as they have routinely lost close ballgames including four games last week by two runs or less. It will be an uphill battle for the A’s the next few weeks as they try to inch back into the playoff race. This week the club will square off in Houston against the first place Astros before heading to Tampa. After the Tampa series the club will return home to host the Tigers and Yankees.

Record: 14-26

Seattle Mariners

After another week, the Seattle Mariners remain to be hovering around the .500 mark after posting a 3-3 record last week at home against the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox. Mariners shortstop Brad Miller was named the American League Player of the week last week after going 9-for-21 (.429) with four home runs, three doubles and five RBIs. Miller had a pair of home runs and accounted for all of Seattle’s offense in Saturday’s 4-2 loss against the Red Sox. The Mariners offense had a field day on Tuesday cruising to an 11-4 victory over the Padres where the team combined to hit six home runs.

Record: 17-20

Texas Rangers

Although the Rangers haven’t made up much ground in the standings, the club appears to be playing much better baseball as the team continues to get healthy. Last week the Rangers split a four game series against the first place Kansas City Royals before dropping two out of three against the Indians. The Achilles heel for Texas has been their bullpen for the first month and half of the season. This week the club also optioned second baseman Rougned Odor to the minor league and called up Thomas Field. Adrian Beltre also inched his way closer to the Hall-of-Fame after recording his 400th career home run during the home stand.

Record: 16-22

Position Player of the Week: Brad Miller– .429 AVG, 4 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBIs
Pitcher of the Week: Sonny Gray– 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 9 SO, 0 BB

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Collin Budd
About the Author

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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