Connect with us


State of the AL West Standings: Houston Has No Problem

It’s a runaway out West.

Prev1 of 3
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

The AL West standings look about the same now as they did a month ago. In a month, they will look the same still. That’s the magnitude of what the Houston Astros have done.

Sure, some people expected the ‘Stros to be the best team in the division. Most didn’t see a 12-game lead in June. This includes the best record in baseball as the All-Star break approaches. Okay, fine, Colorado is sneaking up on them from the NL, but the fact remains the Houston is the AL team to beat.

Digging into the AL West standings, we give our progress reports on the five contenders.

AL West Standings: State of the Race

Standings as of June 22, 2017 07:00 ET — all recent standings at link

1 2 3 4 5
HOU-Houston Astros SEA-Seattle Mariners LAA-Los Angeles Angels TEX-Texas Rangers OAK-Oakland Athletics
49-24 37-37 37-38 35-36 31-41
12.5 GB 13 GB 13 GB 17.5 GB

AL West Standings: Houston Astros, 1st

Houston is doing it all this season. Hitting, check. The Astros average about 5.4 runs per game. George Springer has 21 dingers and .325 is Jose Altuve’s team-leading batting average. Pitching, check. Dallas Keuchel is back and Lance McCullers strikes out a lot of dudes. Houston has the lowest team ERA in the American League.

Oh, and defense? We’ll punt on this one, but it’s not the worst. They’re middle-of-the-road in fielding percentage.

The Astros have done more than enough so far, but October is a long way away. Overachieving would be the wrong word, because most expected them to be good. Better than expected, perhaps.

Houston’s Grade: A

Prev1 of 3
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in MLB

Font Resize

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.