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Some sports books have released MLB win totals. Over the next few days, we’ll analyze the win totals by division and comments where we see some value. Today, we’ll focus on the American League West:

The odds-makers believe that Los Angeles will repeat as AL West champions, but Seattle is not far behind. Oakland traded away five of its seven All-Stars and lost the American League Wildcard game. Texas was completely derailed by injuries last season while Houston is building towards the future. 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles won 97 games last season, so the odds-makers are expecting a nine-win reduction. That win reduction can be attributed to its starting rotation. Jered Weaver struggled last season while CJ Wilson had the worst season of his career. Matt Shoemaker had a great rookie season, but can he repeat it as a 28-year-old, second-year player? Add in the Josh Hamilton drama and there are a lot of question marks surrounding this team.

Seattle

Seattle won 87 games last season, so the odds-makers are expecting a similar result. Robinson Cano was a welcomed addition and Felix Hernandez had the best season of his career. The key to getting to the next level will be the maturation of James Paxton and Taijuan Walker. 

Oakland

Oakland always finds a way to compete, so some way see some value after winning 88 games last season. Still, Oakland is betting on Brett Lawrie to replace the production of Josh Donaldson. Jon Lester and Jeff Sarmardizja are also gone. Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar are experienced players that should help keep Oakland competitive.

Texas

Odds-makers are expecting a big bounce back campaign by Texas. Texas won just 67 games last season, so an 11-win jump seems lofty. Texas is hoping to get full seasons from Prince Fielder, Shin Soo Choo, Mitch Moreland, and Yu Darvish. Texas also traded for Yovani Gallardo to bolster its rotation.

Houston

Houston traded for Evan Gattis to bolster its line-up, but lacks the starting pitching to compete. 

Observations:

The odds-makers are expecting a lot of change in this division. Texas and Houston are projected to win 11 and 5 more games, respectively while Los Angeles and Oakland are expected to regress.

Best Bets:

  • Angels Under 88.5 Wins
  • Astros Under 75.5 Wins

I’ve been waiting for this day to come. The day when the Yankees FINALLY got the better of the self-proclaimed King Felix Hernandez. Hernandez gave up six earned runs (two HRs) on nine hits in six innings. Teix and Chris Dickerson (yes, the same Chris Dickerson that doesn’t have a John Sterling HR Call) homered off the King. Isn’t life grand, Seattle? 

With the win, the Yankee record improves to 89-57. The Yankees are four games ahead of the Red Sox in the loss column. Their magic number sits at nine. 

Atta Boy Teix--AP Photo

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It was bound to happen. The Yankees three-game winning streak came to an end this afternoon. (Haha). THE SEATTLE MARINERS HAVE WON A GAME! For the first time in 18 games, the Seattle Mariners won a baseball game. Led by their ace ‘King’ Felix, the Mariners used a five-run seventh to blow by the Yanks, 9-2. Phil Hughes gave the Yanks six innings of two-run ball, but gave up nine hits to a lackluster M’s offense. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 61-41.

Won't See Him In Pinstripes..

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The Seattle Mariners handled the New York Yankees in twelve innings last night by a final score of 5-4. The Yankees got out to an early lead, but the Mariners came back to tie it. Eventually, Adam Kennedy hit a game-winning bases loaded single off of Mariano Rivera for the win. With the loss, the Yankees have lost the series to the M’s and fall to 27-23.

Hall of Fame Picture - AP

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With the free agent market drying up with each passing day, the trade market presents some interesting potential trade chips for the Yankees. I’m going to target prominent players coming off injuries, players on rebuilding franchises, and affordable pitching options.

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After losing out on this off-season’s biggest fish (he who shall not be named), the Yankees are left scrambling to add two more starters to their 2011 rotation. Andy Pettitte is nothing more than a question mark at this time and the Yankees really cannot bank on 200+ innings from Ivan Nova (nor should they). What if the Yankees went knocking on Seattle’s door and wanted to work out a trade for the 2010 AL Cy Young award winner, Felix Hernandez? Would selling the farm be worth it for a 24-year-old ace who has 71 career wins and a 3.20 career ERA? Would Seattle even be open to the idea? Let’s explore.

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