AL West Champion Odds
While Derek tinkers with the ZIPS projects on Diamond Mind, I figured I’d offer up my non-computerized, untested, totally subjective guess at the probabilities of each team winning the division this year. This is updated with the latest news that Ervin Santana will start the year on the DL for the Angels and that Justin Duchscherer’s perpetual arm problems might keep him from starting on Opening Day for the A’s.
Again, this is just my estimate, based on looking at the teams as they stand today.
The Angels are the best team in the division, but they aren’t great. The A’s have improved themselves, but their rotation is a massive question mark. The Rangers have some interesting pieces but are probably a year or two away. Despite a Mariner roster that has a lot of questions, there’s a decent sized door to the playoffs that the M’s could walk through.