Normally after the first week of games I’m looking at what the contenders did or didn’t do for their first game. This year is a little different in that there were two upsets that I have to highlight.
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Oakland Athletics
They certainly have the most upside at numerous positions, but will it translate into good things in October?
2. Houston Astros
Their GM and Manager have both been fired from the sign stealing investigation. Can Dusty Baker keep them as contenders?
3. Los Angeles Angels
Bringing in Joe Maddon was the smart move and signing Anthony Rendon was nice, but their pitching staff is still suspect.
4. Texas Rangers
With the opening of a new ballpark who will be the player that takes this team to the next level?
5. Seattle Mariners
The direction is pretty straight forward, but when will they finally say it’s time to become contenders?
Player to Watch: OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
Best Acquisition: 3B Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels
New Kid on the Block: OF Jo Adell – Los Angeles Angels