Vol 7: AL West Weekly Wrapup

by Collin Budd | Posted on Monday, June 1st, 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 seventh week of the season

Houston Astros

The Astros have appeared to cool off quite a bit since their hot start to begin the season. While the club still holds a significant lead in the AL West, the Astros were 2-4 last week losing series to both the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox. Dallas Keuchel dazzled in Saturday’s game with a complete game four hit shutout in which he struck out 11. However, the offense scuffled for the team last week, averaging less than three runs a game. Houston will try to add to their four game division lead this week with a series at home against the Orioles before heading to Toronto for a three game series.

Record: 31-20

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels continue to hover around the .500 mark but after a strong week in which the team went 5-2. After dropping a series against the San Diego Padres the club swept the Tigers in a four game series. The pitching staff really stepped up for the Halos holding the explosive Tigers offense to two runs or less for three of the four games in the series. The Angles play host to the Rays this week before an off day on Wednesday, the first off day in the last 20 days before heading to New York to take on the Yankees.

Record: 27-24

Oakland A’s

The A’s continue to be one of the disappointing teams in 2015. After a strong 2014 season, the A’s hoped to make another run at the division title. Although there is still time for the team to get hot, it appears the team may not be destined for the postseason. After the club’s 53 games, the team finds itself 13 games under .500. Oakland was able to gain some momentum this week after they capped the week off with a series win against the first place New York Yankees. Thirty one-year-old Jesse Chavez was able to stymie the Yankees offense on Sunday. He picked up a win in eight innings of work, striking out six Yankees.

Record: 20-33

Seattle Mariners

Although the Seattle Mariners have not lived up to some of the high expectations that were placed on the team at the beginning of the year, the M’s are just a hot streak away from being able to jump from fourth place in the standings to top of the division. The club has been overtaken by the Texas Rangers in the standings but are still only 6.5 games out of first place. After a series sweep in Tampa against the Rays, the team then dropped the next three out of four games against at home against the Indians.

Record: 24-26

Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the American League and over the last few weeks, they have climbed out of the cellar of the division and back into the hunt a division title or a wildcard spot. The Rangers continued their hot streak and capped off the week with a 5-2 record including winning a series against the Indians before taking three out of four at home against the Boston Red Sox. The home stand was capped off with a walk-off hit from Texas’ newest outfielder Josh Hamilton who made his homecoming a series that will be hard to forget for Rangers fans. On Friday, Hamilton hit two home runs before a memorable pinch hit, walk-off double.

Record: 26-25

Pitcher of the Week: Dallas Keuchel- 17 IP, 4 ER, 14 SO, 1 W
Position Player of the Week:  Stephen Vogt–  .400 AVG, 1 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI

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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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