2022 MLB preview: projecting AL West standings, win totals
The 2022 MLB Preview series is here! In the first edition, Anthony Franze (chief meteorologist at NewsWest9 in Midland, Texas) and Jack put the AL West under the microscope.
But first, they provide a quick summary of Major League Baseball's rules changes, playoff expansion, and more from the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. If you were wondering what you missed and what's new, you've come to the right place. Anthony and Jack share some thoughts on the league's changes (0:00 - 20:30), then dive right into previewing each team's season.
Anthony is a diehard Rangers fan who is VERY excited about what the Rangers did this past winter, adding Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray and Mitch Garver; how many wins better will the Ranger be from 2021, when they finished a dismal 60-102 (20:30 - 38:00)? How will Shohei Ohtani follow up his historic 2022 season, and how will the Angels fare with a healthy Mike Trout returning to their team (38:00 - 48:30)? The Oakland A's are in the process of wildly making over their team and reloading their farm system. Why did the A's move Matt Olson and Matt Chapman, and what would it take in order for the A's to become a bigger spender in the future (48:30 - 1:00:10)? The Seattle Mariners improved their roster and have even more high-level prospects on the way. Are they ready to compete for the division crown (1:00:10 - 1:13:25)? After losing Carlos Correa, is the Astros' window slowly closing? What should we expect from Houston in 2022 (1:13:25 - 1:24:45)? Jack and Anthony provide win total projections for each team. Finally, Mario Lanza, creator of Funny115.com and host of the podcasts Staff Picks and Survivor Historians leaves a voicemail with his outlook for the 2022 Seattle Mariners' season, a season that he is very excited about.
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Catch the rest of our 2022 MLB Preview Series!
1) AL West Preview with Anthony Franze (March 27, 2022)
2) AL East Preview with Jonathan Jaggard (April 1, 2022)
3) NL East Preview with Mickey Morandini and Jordan Morandini (April 2, 2022)
4) NL Central Preview with Ryan Pacatte (April 3, 2022)
5) NL West Preview with Albert Destrade (April 5, 2022)
6) AL Central Preview with Jake Paliga (April 6, 2022)
(Photo via The Athletic)