By: Chris Larson
Welcome to the final installment of the "2019 MLB Projected Standings" series! Hopefully, you have been pleased to this point with your team's prediction for the upcoming 2019 season and for those that are fans of a team in the AL or NL West, this report is time for your team to shine. As always, these are simply predictions and are being done for fun because it's fun to look ahead to try and gauge what can potentially happen, but always remember, the game is played on grass not on the field!
For the first part of this report, let's focus on the top heavy American League West. The AL West is comprised of the reigning and still stellar Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics who caught everyone off guard last year by clinching a postseason berth, along with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. The Angels continue to somehow always find a way to stay in the middle of the pack, but haven't been able to put together much over the past few seasons, while the Mariners are entering a season of transition and the Rangers continue to navigate their way through the rebuild process with an eye on the 2020 season - the year when their new home stadium opens up down in Arlington. Regardless, the AL West has the potential to be a surprise division because no one knows quite what to expect of the Angels and the Mariners, as well as the Rangers, could always surprise us all even though it looks like both are non-contenders on paper.
With that being said, here is how we expect the American League West to look when all is said and done.
1. Houston Astros (AL West Champions)
2. Oakland Athletics
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5. Texas Rangers
Now that the American League West has been discussed in length, let's transition over to the other division out west - the National League West. The NL West has been dominated the last six years by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Colorado Rockies certainly gave the Dodgers a run for their money almost beating them to the division crown last season. Outside of the Dodgers and Rockies are the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that has taken a step back with the trade of Paul Goldschmidt this offseason, but could potentially make some noise this coming season. Beyond those three are the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres. For the Giants, the 2019 regular season could be one of surprise or one of disappointment following quite a run, especially for their manager Bryce Bochy, who announced that this coming season would be his last. Meanwhile, for the San Diego Padres, they will continue to look to take strides forward and continue to build up the core of their team with all eyes set to the future.
With that being said, here is how we expect the National League West to look when all is said and done.
1. Colorado Rockies (NL West Champions)
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. San Diego Padres
5. San Francisco Giants