Now don't get me wrong, I wasn't saying the Mariners were going to win the West. Bwah, ha, ha, ha! I find that laughable, though some staff at ESPN would flog me for laughing. It is easily between the A's and Angels, with the A's having a significant pitching edge, but the Angels having a massive hitting edge. I think the Angels are a little more balanced right now, but we'll see what trades the A's make during the season. They always seem to make the right one and no way am I betting against the BIG THREE.
As for why I defended the Ms, I had to. I don't like it when fans flee when the going gets tough. Are the Ms the greatest team ever? No. But they are better than most of the AL Central (not that this is saying much). We need fewer bandwagoners and more true fans. You know like they have in Boston and Chicago.