Sky's note: we're going to combine Robbie's great compilation of AL West links with our #btbdaily Twitter widget. To share a link (about anything baseball-related, not just the AL West), simply add the #btbdaily hashtag to any tweet. It will show up below. The more we share, the more we have to read.
A day later than usual, but that just means an extra day of information! Here's your weekly recap of the AL West stories and analysis across the web.
Not mentioned below, but very important: upon his retirement, I'd like to be one of many to congratulate Ken Griffey Jr. on a tremendous baseball career and thank him for some awesome highlights over the last couple decades.
Texas Rangers (28-24)
Some time has been spent on Vlad's strong season in Texas. Joey Matschulat points out that he's on pace to have one of the best DH seasons ever by WAR. Guerrero was then injured in BP Wednesday night.
Josh Garoon breaks down the Rangers habit of making outs on the basepaths this year. Outside of picking on Jason Varitek, they are far below the break-even point on stolen bases.
I link you to this story not because of the title note, but because current AA catcher Taylor Teagarden, with one MLB hit this season, is 4th among catchers with more than 170,000 votes. This process is insane.
Oakland Athletics (28-26)
As of this writing, the Rangers were percentage points in first, but they didn't start Tuesday morning there. Matt Klaassen looks at how the A's are outperforming expectations and whether or not they have a chance.
Nico of Athletics Nation argues that Rajai Davis makes sense leading off for Oakland, and does so by looking beyond his poor on-base percentage.
Danmerqury followed up Nico's analysis a couple days later by deconstructing wOBA too look specifically at the value Davis contributes with his speed.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (27-28)
We have here a dangerous use of the "C word" and a small sample size, but, if you're interested, one Mike Napoli ranks at the top of Mark Simon's Rally-Killing Rate list this season.
While this is an unorthodox link to a reader comment, I actually really liked the comment. Fan Since 1981 reminds everyone losing one player, even Kendry Morales, isn't necessarily the end of the season.
Victor Varadi of Angelswin.com attended a press conference with the Angels' doctors discussing the aftermath of the most unfortunate celebration ever. WARNING: This link contains a picture of Morales's ankle.
More Morales talk. Nate Procter takes a look at some options to replace the loss and what sort of offense would be expected from them.
Seattle Mariners (21-31)
Dave Cameron displays a little bit of frustration with the current Seattle regime after the DFAing of Kanekoa Teixeira and Jesus Colome for Sean White and Garrett Olson. Matt Tuiasosopo still has a job. . . thanks to his brother?
Jeff puts Jose Lopez's spray chart for April up against the chart from May and finds a little bit of optimism in Lopez's increase in balls pulled recently.
Casey Kotchman has been pretty much the exact same hitter this season as last. He's just been a bit unlucky so far. The problem, Cameron says, is that he was supposed to be better than that in 2010.
After a breakout in 2008 and an injury riddled 2009, prospect Michael Pineda has shown so far in 2010 that '08 was no fluke. Jon Shields combines some scouting with some numbers to look at Pineda's rebound in depth.