2014 AL West Preview And Predictions

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Mar 13, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman

Prince Fielder

(84) during his at bat in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

3) Texas Rangers: 85-77

This was tough for me. On paper, this team looks prepared to pound their way to 95 wins and a spot in the World Series. But the numbers, projections and stats used in my formula just don’t back it up.

Ian Kinsler hopes that the Rangers go 0-162. While that would never happen with ANY team – I don’t care how bad the Astros are – this team could in theory be the best in baseball.

But again, the numbers just aren’t playing into their favor. And with such a tough division (playing 19 games each against the A’s, Mariners and Angels) it just doesn’t look as if they can coast at any point. But a few more moves by the front office and a little luck….we could be looking at the 2014 World champions.