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Note: Rotations and bullpens are not Opening Day projections but pitchers expected to contribute in those roles early in the 2021 season.


2020 record: 29-31, second in West, lost to Rays in ALCS

2020 AL rank in runs scored: Seventh

2020 AL rank in runs allowed: Eighth

Manager: Dusty Baker

Rotation: Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers, Jake Odorizzi, Cristian Javier, Jose Urquidy

Bullpen: Ryne Stanek, Joe Smith, Pedro Báez, Enoli Parades, Andre Scrubb, Blake Taylor, Brooks Raley, Brandon Bielak, Luis Garcia

Closer: Ryan Pressly

Lineup: 1B Yuli Gurriel, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Carlos Correa, 3B Alex Bregman, LF Michael Brantley, CF Myles Straw, RF Kyle Tucker, C Martín Maldonado, DH Yordan Álvarez

Fun Fact: Only Brantley (.300) hit over .265 among Houston’s regular players in 2020.

Fun Fact II: Javier gave up eight hits to right-handers and held them to a .101 average in 2020.

Prediction: First in West. Karma buffeted the Astros with injuries last season. Expect a rebound.


2020 record: 36-24, first in West, lost to Astros in ALDS

2020 AL rank in runs scored: Ninth

2020 AL rank in runs allowed: Fourth

Manager: Bob Melvin

Rotation: Chris Bassitt, Jesús Luzardo, Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea, Mike Fiers/A.J. Puk

Bullpen: Jake Diekman, Lou Trivino, Yusmeiro Petit, Adam Kolarek, Sergio Romo, J.B. Wendelken, Burch Smith, Jordan Weems

Closer: Trevor Rosenthal

Lineup: 1B Matt Olson, 2B Tony Kemp, SS Elvis Andrus, 3B Matt Chapman, LF Mark Canha, CF Ramon Laureano, RF Stephen Piscotty, C Sean Murphy, DH Mitch Moreland/Chad Pinder

Fun Fact: The A’s were 23-14 before Chapman got hurt, 13-10 thereafter.

Fun Fact II: The A’s have made the postseason six of the past nine years.

Prediction: Second in West. Whether it’s Melvin or the low-pressure atmosphere in Oakland, this team just functions.


2020 record: 26-34, fourth in West

2020 AL rank in runs scored: Fourth

2020 AL rank in runs allowed: 13th

Manager: Joe Maddon

Rotation: Dylan Bundy, Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning, José Quintana, Alex Cobb

Bullpen: Ty Buttrey, Alex Claudio, Mike Mayers, Junior Guerra, Aaron Slegers, Jaime Barria, Patrick Sandoval, Chris Rodriguez, Félix Peña

Closer: Raisel Iglesias

Lineup: 1B Albert Pujols/Jared Walsh, 2B David Fletcher, SS José Iglesias, 3B Anthony Rendon, LF Justin Upton, CF Mike Trout, RF Dexter Fowler, C Max Stassi/Kurt Suzuki, DH Shohei Ohtani

Fun Fact: Walsh slugged .744 in September with nine home runs.

Fun Fact II: The Angels blew 14 saves and saved 46 percent of their opportunities, both league-worst marks.

Prediction: Third in West. They made sensible moves, but they need Ohtani to be real.


2020 record: 27-33, third in West

2020 AL rank in runs scored: 12th

2020 AL rank in runs allowed: 10th

Manager: Scott Servais

Rotation: Marco Gonzales, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield, Chris Flexen, Yusei Kikuchi, Justin Dunn

Bullpen: Keynan Middleton, Kendall Graveman, Yohan Ramirez, Anthony Misiewicz, Casey Sadler, Joey Gerber, Erik Swanson, Aaron Fletcher

Closer: Rafael Montero

Lineup: 1B Evan White, 2B Dylan Moore, SS J.P. Crawford, 3B Kyle Seager, LF Taylor Trammell/Jake Fraley, CF Kyle Lewis, RF Mitch Haniger, C Tom Murphy/Luis Torrens, DH Ty France

Fun Fact: White struck out 84 times in 202 plate appearances.

Fun Fact II: Gonzales is 36-24 over the past three seasons.

Prediction: Fourth in West. Member in good standing of baseball’s “mid-majors.”


2020 record: 22-38, fifth in West

2020 AL rank in runs scored: 15th

2020 AL rank in runs allowed: 12th

Manager: Chris Woodward

Rotation: Kyle Gibson, Kohei Arihara, Mike Foltynewicz, Dane Dunning, Jordan Lyles

Bullpen: Brett Martin, Joely Rodriguez, Ian Kennedy, Matt Bush, Wes Benjamin, Kolby Allard, Josh Sborz, Hyeon-jong Yang, Taylor Hearn, Kyle Cody, Brett de Geus

Closer: Jose Leclerc

Lineup: 1B Nate Lowe/Ronald Guzmán, 2B Nick Solak, SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B Rougned Odor, LF David Dahl, CF Leody Tavares, RF Joey Gallo, C Jose Trevino, DH Khris Davis/Willie Calhoun

Fun Fact: The franchise of Juan Gonzalez and Josh Hamilton had the worst slugging percentage in the league in 2020.

Fun Fact II: Gallo’s OPS tumbled from .976 to .689 last season.

Prediction: Fifth in West. Don’t you have to build something before you say you’re rebuilding?

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