Idea taken from
http://www.lookoutlanding.com/2012/4...s-brendan-ryanBased on what we know, the Rangers and the Angels make up the AL West's first tier. Which leaves the Mariners and the A's for the AL West's second tier. Neither is significantly more talented than the other, so they go in the same group. The Rangers and Angels are set to fight for first place, and the Mariners and A's are set to fight for third place.
If the Mariners and A's are going to be gunning for the same thing, it stands to reason that the most important games will be the head-to-head games. There will have been 19 of those by the time the season is finished, unless something happens like Major League Baseball deciding they don't need to be played because why? We're through seven of them already, and with Sunday's win, the Mariners have dropped the A's five times, while the A's have dropped the Mariners twice.
The headline here isn't completely right, because the Mariners haven't established themselves as kings of the second tier. That'd take more than five wins in seven games. But the Mariners have strongly suggested that they're the kings of the second tier, and the A's have yet to issue a compelling response. So far the Mariners have been like "we own the second tier of this division" and the A's have been like "well wait no hold on you see-" and then they trail off. You'll have to stop muttering and start getting your $#@! together if you want to be able to hang with the Mariners, Oakland. Because the Mariners have looked like a lean, mean, polished third-place machine, while the A's have looked like the Astros. I haven't actually watched an inning of the Astros so far this year but I'm comfortable with my assumption.