Hi there, BtB community! I have some AL West-related links for you. I know you're raring to brush up on the division, so follow me!
I have a question for you, though, if you'll indulge me in some conversation: Where is Cliff Lee going to end up and for what?
Texas Rangers (42-28)
This may be moot at this point, but Joey Matschulat analyzes Roy Oswalt's trade value to the Rangers. The contract is a killer, and a team probably shouldn't give much up unless the Astros pay for part of it.
Hamilton's fWAR is just five runs behind his total from his vaunted 2008 season. That was before adding another home run and a double tonight. This mostly thanks to a .592 wOBA in June. David Golebiewski looks at how.
Bretty Perryman provides a look at which Rangers' have the most All-Star worthy numbers so far this season.
Josh Garoon follows up a previous article on Ian Kinsler. Kinsler has shown, in many ways, a better approach this season, but an absolute loss of power, resulting in a very down year. Some of that may be due to a bad ankle.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (40-33)
Another week, another talk about the Angels consistent ability(?) to over-perform their expected records. Dave Cameron's approach is one simply of wonderment, which is where I think I am at this point.
The Rangers have not lost a game since our last AL West roundup, and yet the Angels are still right in it. Some of that is the luck/mysterious skill/clutchiness Cameron mentions, and some is great value buys like Joel Piniero.
Nate Procter identifies Torii Hunter and Jered Weaver as the only debatable Angels All-Stars this season. I would like to point out his blog is an awesome Angels resource and you should consider reading it. He has good stuff.
I don't know if you know this, but Weaver has been awesome this season. See, look! Mr. Pavlidis looks at the gritty details to find out what he's done to get even better. Five at-least-useful pitches would do it, I think.
Oakland Athletics (34-39)
Joe Pawlikowski breaks down the progression of Trevor Cahill, who has already surpassed his fWAR total from 2009.
This is an article about silly things the A's have done this season and whether or not Billy Beane is even paying attention. It is written by Joe Posnanski. That is why you should read it.
As a direct follow up to that article, Matt Klaassen analyzes one of those silly things: each of the astounding nine sacrifice bunts from Daric Barton this season. He argues everyone of them was a bad idea.
Seattle Mariners (29-41)
Given the prominance of Mariners fans in the sabermetric crowd, you probably think this article is about something else. Actually, it's Carson Cistulli and his neat-o pitcher aesthetic rating's introduction to the USSM folk.
Cameron guests for a mainstream site displaying the issues with Brandon League, primarily coming from an over-reliance on his fastball. I want someone to get through to "erikec" in the comments.
Golebiewski makes the case that Vargas, like Washburn in 2009, has been, "the perfect blend of pitcher, park, defense and luck" for the Mariners.