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Um, why are the Mariners expected to win the 2010 season?

Almost every non Angel fan for some reason says that the Mariners will win the 2010 season. Im asking why. Seems to me the Mariners may have upgraded on pitching and defense, but completely unraveled the offense. The 2 offensive Branyan and Beltre have left letting 2 golden glove defenders, but with little pop to fill in. The pitching staff may have been upgraded, but what about the catching staff? Johjima, who was the better offensive catcher is now gone. Johnson, although is an good defensive catcher is like Mathis. No pop, plus the Ms cant keep using Johnson and will have to rely on a unproven minor leaguer ( and they bash Wood for not being proven). The Angels have kept the status quo, but have more pop but less speed. Wood will easily outhit Figgy, and Matsui with his patience can drive in runs in crucial situations. The bullpen although not led by veteran Oliver, but another veteran returns (Shields) and Jepsen, Bulger, have gained experience both in the regular and postseason. In my opinion, the Rangers are the more well-balanced team. Here's what i expect from the AL West.

1. Angels

2. Rangers

3. Mariners

4. Oakland

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