Mark Lowe

2016 MLB preview: American League projections

2016 MLB preview: American League projections

A team-by-team and division-by-division look at the American League.

Mike DiGiovanna's team outlooks are listed in predicted order of finish. Lineups and rotations are projections.

WEST DIVISION

1 l HOUSTON ASTROS

2015 l 86-76, 2nd in West. Last year in playoffs l 2015

An all-or-nothing offense — Houston ranked second in the AL in homers (230) and first in strikeouts (1,392) last season — works. Having George Springer, who missed two months because of a broken wrist, and Carlos Gomez, a July trade acquisition, for a full season should help. The Astros addressed their...

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