It's either going to be Texas or the Angels.
I had the Angles favored to win the division preseason, but losing Vlad is going to hurt them for the next couple of weeks. Still a good team, but if Vlad misses significant time (doesn't look like he will right now) then the Rangers will most likely win.
The Rangers are holding their own without the offense really being all that great so far. Yes, they are scoring runs and hitting homers, but I wouldn't say the offense is where it normally is just yet. This hot stretch has helped though. For the pitching, we've had some nice starts and some big busts. Team ERA stands at 4.58 which is about what was expected, but with the bats, it's not too hard to win as long as the team ERA stays under 5.00. If Vlad doesn't miss significant time, it should be a race with the Angles most likely pulling it off though.
Seattle still doesn't have it and must have missed the memo that told everyone that Beltre would be a bust. No idea what they were thinking with that signing, but I just don't see the pieces there to win the division.
The A's just have zero offense. They have the best pitching in the division hands down, but it's no surprise that they are having issues scoring runs. At 10 games under .500 now it would take a huge run for them to have any chance and they just don't have the offense to do it.
Angles or Rangers with the edge to the Angles if Vlad doesn't miss significant time (which is what is currently being reported). I hope my Rangers pull it off though.
Since I'm sure the Oakland fans will scream and yell that Oakland isn't out yet, let's analyze the division a bit closer.
It will take at least 90 wins to win the division. That means the A's would have to go 73-45 from here on out. That's 28 games over .500 for the rest of the year. To put it in perspective, while the A's have to go 28 games over .500 to get to 90 wins, the Angles only have to go 1 game over .500 and the Rangers only have to go 2 games over .500 to get to 90 wins. At least one of those two teams (Angels/Rangers) will do it, if not both while the A's have a huge mountain to climb that they just don't have the offense to do. Put a fork in the A's because they are done for this year.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....