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. There are a handful of pitchers who outperform their stuff, and for me Keuchel falls into that category. Don't get me wrong, he's a solid starter, but I just can't seem to jump in with both feet. And, the rich get richer, as the Astros acquired another potential ace in Gerrit Cole. He was haunted by the long ball last year and posted numbers well below his ceiling. If he comes at even a minimal discount, I'm buying. He's followed by Lance McCullers who also has upside remaining. When healthy he can