This article is part of our Mound Musings series.Over the past five weeks, we have checked in on the spring happenings around each division. This sixth segment features a look at the American League West. Hopefully you've had a chance to weigh the pros and cons of the majority of arms competing for rotation spots, and you're prepared to field a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2018 season. We're in deep stretch, so let's look at the:
American League West
Houston Astros – Top to bottom, this staff is one of the best in baseball, and they have the luxury of pitching in front of an exceptionally potent offense. After recently toiling for a pretty ordinary team, Justin Verlander moved to Houston, and presto, he immediately rediscovered the fountain of stud. I expect more of the same this season, setting him up to be in the running for a Cy Young. Dallas Keuchel routinely goes earlier in drafts than I feel comfortable taking him.
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