There's nothing more difficult to predict every year than how a closer will do.
The top two closers in the West Seattle's Brandon League and Los Angeles' Jordan Walden are entering just their second full seasons as closers. The Texas Rangers are gambling that Joe Nathan has returned to his former standout self and Oakland is still trying to settle on its ninth-inning man.
Here are the closer rankings for the AL West.
1. Seattle It's setting up to be a big year for Brandon League. The right-hander with a bad haircut, League is eligible to be a free agent after this season. He's found his niche at the right time. League, who worked as a middle reliever in 2009 and 2010, took over as the closer because of an injury to David Aardsma. He didn't disappoint either. He collected a save in his first outing last season and went on to save 37 games for a team that won just 67 games. He had a 2.79 ERA on his way to earning his first trip to the All-Star Game. While League doesn't overpowe...