The Houston Astros were probably not the best team to move from the National League to the American League, especially in 2013. The Astros finished a lowly 55-107 in 2012, the worst record in all of MLB. Even the Chicago Cubs, who played in the NL Central with the Astros, were 61-101, six games better. Houston recorded seven wins in 15 meetings with Chicago, but in the end, the Astros were still worse than the Cubs and that’s saying something. However, things could get even worse for Houston 2013 with the move to the tough AL West.
The Texas Rangers had a disappointing end to their 2012 campaign, but they’re still a powerhouse and will undoubtedly compete for the AL West title again in 2013. The Rangers and Astros have always been big rivals, but now that rivalry will naturally heat up to new levels with far more meetings between the two teams each season starting with the upcoming one.
The Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle Mariners were anywhere from 14 to 33 games better than the Astros in 2012 and each of those teams have made strides this off-season to improve their rosters. In addition, the Rangers and Mariners each have some terrific prospects set to break out in 2013, which means even more firepower for Teas and the hopes for a winning season for Seattle. With a ton of meetings with Oakland, Texas, Los Angeles and Seattle, Houston could easily be looking at another 100-loss season…or worse.