For the most part, the AL West was the most boring division in baseball last year. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were clearly, by far the best team. Despite a brief run by the Mariners, the Angels completely dominate rotation, pretty strong pen, and relatively formidable lineup had the division rapped up from Opening Day on. Here's the rundown:
On May first, the Angels were two games ahead of second place Seattle and 2.5 ahead of third place Oakland.
On June first, LAA was ahead of second place Seattle by 5.5 games and ahead of the third place A's by 6.5. Texas, by the way, was already 13.5 back.
On July first, the Mariners were 4 back, while Oakland slipped to 8.5 back (out of the race for good).
At the break, the M's moved to two-and-a-half back of the Angels.
On August first, the M's were still hanging in there at 3 back.
By September first, the M's were 6.5 back and pretty much out of the race.
The Angels clinched the division on September 23.
Well, that was boring! Will it be a more exciting division this year? Find out on Sunday, when I make my predictions. Anyway, here are the final standings for the 2007 AL Western Division:
1. Angels: 94-68
2. Mariners: 88-74 (6 GB)
3. Athletics: 76-86 (18 GB)
4. Rangers: 75-87 (19 GB)
Stay Tuned: Texas Rangers tomorrow!