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Houston Astros

The Houston Astros went from 101 wins in 2017 to 103 wins in 2018, and they deserved even better. That was Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer’s down seasons. That should not occur again in 2019. Factor in newcomer Michael Brantley’s presence, and this offense can recapture its history-making attempt of 2 years back. The rotation appears poorer than it did in 2018, when it’d Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. in crucial roles. But it’s still based on co-aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Meanwhile, a bullpen that was among MLB’s greatest in the second half of 2018 is largely unchanged for 2019. In short, another 100-win season and additional American League West excellence are in Houston’s future. Playoff opportunities: 90 percent Oakland Athletics Observing a surprise 97-win 2018, the Oakland Athletics won’t sneak up on anybody in 2019. For that matter, the spinning could prevent them from getting off the ground. Sans Sean Manaea, who is out after shoulder operation, the turning lacks anything even resembling a professional. It’s mostly composed of spare parts, the best of which can be infamous home run magnets Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada. Then again, the A’s did not have great starting pitching in 2018 either. They survived on a powerful offense, spectacular defense and a great bullpen. All those elements are equipped to flourish once more in 2019. It’ll be rough for the A’s to keep pace with the Astros, but they ought to be the top wild-card contender outside the AL East once again. Playoff chances: 50 percent Los Angeles Angels After winning 80 matches for the second consecutive season in 2018, the Los Angeles Angels used the offseason to round out their thickness. The biggest beneficiary was the pitching team, which includes new toys in Matt Harvey, Trevor Cahill and Cody Allen. On offense, Justin Bour, Jonathan Lucroy and Tommy La Stella are in to encourage Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Andrelton Simmons and, if healthy, Shohei Ohtani. Yet the question of if the Angels have enough stars round Trout persists. Specifically, they would look a lot better when they had greater offensive upside in their infield along with a No. 1 starter. At best, the Angels are likely an 85-win team. In the wild-card racethat would make them a very long shot for the 2019 postseason. Playoff chances: 20 percent Seattle Mariners It required a massive level of fortune to the Seattle Mariners to win 89 matches last season. Rather than try to push their luck even further, the Mariners broke up the band and formed a new one around Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Mallex Smith, Domingo Santana, Yusei Kikuchi and quite a few more beginners. If nothing else, the finished product is strangely interesting. Whether it’s any good is another matter. The Mariners have lots of recognizable names, but Smith and Kikuchi are the only ones coming from successful seasons. Everyone else is trying to return the clock to better times. In all likelihood, this new group will only last as far as the trade deadline. Playoff chances: 10 percent Texas Rangers Even after losing 95 games last season, the sole rebuilding move the Texas Rangers made this offseason was to exchange Jurickson Profar into Oakland. Instead, they’ll try to rally round a core of young hitters–Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara–and also a veteran starting rotation. If it works, the upside can take the Rangers all the way to October. Yet it is difficult to ignore that the rotation has three guys (Drew Smyly, Shelby Miller and Edinson Volquez) coming off Tommy John surgery. Likewise, there are not any superstars from the lineup. At best, the Rangers are likely a .500 team. More likely, they’ll be worse than this. Playoff chances: 10 percent Read more here: