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The AL West is usually a three-team high-flying down the stretch battle every year. And this year again with the Rangers, without A-Rod are out of the race at the begin of spring training. Meanwhile the A's, Mariners and Angels all made improvements during the offseason. The Angels gained the most making them favorites. The A's added to their amzing staff and one more bat could put them into 2nd place and a wild card. The Mariners lost key figures but gained some too and will battle for the second place with Oakland.
 
The Angels and there power-hitting middle of the lineup will lead this team maybe to another World Series, there 2nd in 3 years. The Angels also feature and deep, powerful staff led by Colon with a bullpen that tops amongst the best despite a strong lefty. Aturo Moreno has spent great effort, time and money making the team better than in 2002 and a greater fan experience at Angels Field and that's why they are the Western divison favorites.
 
The Athletics lost their superstars in Tejada and Foulke, but Billy Beane added Rhodes and Kotsay among others to replace them. The A's still have one of the best rotations in baseball, as well as one of the best bullpens. They have great depth with left-handers also. The lineup is a little questionable and young star Bobby Crosby needs to produce. Beane will probably add a nice bat to the lineup at the trading deadline. The A's must resign Eric Chavez and pray Rhodes can close games for the them. Again the A's should pick up the wild card but will they get over the hump in losing in the divisional series?
 
The Mariners are led by incredible young staff, that didn't change. The bullpen did, with the loss of Sasaki, but everyday Eddie should do the job and keep a strong bullpen together. A lineup mixed in with incumbents and newocmers should fair very well. They will also sport one of the best defenses in the league in one of the nicest ballparks. The M's have one tons of games the last few seasons, but haven't made it to the playoffs and their chances could hinge on how wells Oakland's hitters produce. They will battle it out and for sure the AL wild card is coming out of the west, either M's or A's is a ?
 
The Rangers are laden with really old veteans and really young possibly future super/all stars. For now they won't do anything with a not so good staff and shaky staff. They will win games with their offense led by Soriano and Blalock.
Adding another bat and several pitchers, with newly acclamied,  non A-Rod cash will put this team out of the AL west cellar they have grown accustomed to.
W E S T - RACE W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK L10
Oakland 96 66 .593 - 57-24 39-42 768 643 Lost 3 5-5
Seattle 93 69 .574 3 50-31 43-38 795 637 Won 3 6-4
Anaheim 77 85 .475 19 45-37 32-48 736 743 Won 1 5-5
Texas 71 91 .438 25 43-38 28-53 826 969 Lost 1 4-6

2004 AL WEST PREDICTED FINISH:

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Anaheim Angels:
Manager:Mike Scoscia
Lineup:
        Erstad-1B    Eckstein-SS Guerrero-RF Anderson-CF Glaus-DH Figgins-3B   
Guillen-LF   Molina-C     Kennedy-2B
Rotation:
            Washburn   Colon           Escobar       
Bullpen:
        Percival        Rodriguez    Donnelly      Gregg         Shields        
 Lackey      Ortiz
Bench:
             Molina          Paul   Amezaga       DaVanon     Riggs
Kotchman     McPherson
Added:
Lost: Curtis Pride,
Offseason Grade:  Coming In March

Oakland A's:Rich Harden allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings last time vs. the Giants.
Manager:Ken Macha
Lineup:       
          Kotsay-CF  Kietly-LF  Chavez-3B  -RF  Durazo-DH  Hatteberg-1B
Crosby-SS Miller-C       Scutaro-2B
Rotation:
             Hudson   Zito              Mulder        Redman        Harden
Bullpen:
            Mecir     Rincon         Dotel        Duchscherer  Rhodes
Bradford    Garcia        Lehr         Blanton        Harikkala
Bench:
          Byrnes      McLemore Swisher     Johnson     Cruz
Added: Tim Harikkala, Bench Coach Rene Lachemann,
Lost: Kirk Sarloos, Bench coach Chris Speier, Chris Hammond, Jermaine Dye,
Offseason Grade: Coming in March

Seattle Mariners:Jay Payton slides by Dan Wilson, but misses the plate and is called out.
Manager:Mike Hargrove-1st Year
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       Suzuki-RF    Leone-SS  Martinez-DH  Boone-2B Jacobsen-1B    Ibanez-LF
Winn-CF Spezio-3B    Wilson-C
Rotation:
             Moyer         Meche    Franklin         Baek           Kida
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            Thornton    Hasegawa  Villone     Madritsch Atchinson Taylor
Sherill          Williams       Mateo
Bench:
           Bloomquist   Olivo      Cabrera    Reed         Dobbs        Rivera
Added: Manager Mike Hargrove
Lost: Hiram Bocachica,
Offseason Grade: Coming in March

Texas Rangers:
Manager:Buck Showalter
Lineup:
              Soriano-2B   Young-SS    Blalock-3B   Laird-DH Texeira-1B  Nix-RF   
Mench-LF  Jordan-CF           Barajas-C
Rotation:
                   Rogers         Drese       Young           Wasdin         Dickey
Bullpen:
             Cordero       Mahay   Almanzar   Brocail          Shouse
Hughes           Park              Ramirez        Nelson        Benoit       Wing              Loe
Bench:
               Young         Delluci          Matthews Jr.  Alexander Fox            
Gonzalez     
Added: Ryan Wing,
Lost: Ben Kozlowski, Colby Lewis
Offseason Grade: Coming in March

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