Last year, the Oakland Athletics shocked the entire universe by sweeping the Texas Rangers to end the season and lay claim to the American League West division title. It was an incredible turn of events, considering the Rangers and Los Angeles Angels were heavy favorites to win the division in 2012.
The Athletics' magical run is proof that anything can happen in baseball. Pitching is everything and a clubhouse full of hungry guys that do the little things necessary to win can trump any payroll of any size.
While Oakland's run last season was spectacular, many wonder whether the Athletics can do it again while facing the same odds. Here is a breakdown of how we think they will finish in the American League West division in 2013.
1. Los Angeles Angels - 89-73; third place finish in 2012
Rationale: The Angels already had a potent offense, but adding former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton to the mix makes the offense downright scary. Hamilton will combine with Mike Trout...