After a ten game win streak, the Houston Astros have cooled off a touch, and have now lost three in a row. They're still in first place with a comfortable five game lead, and are the only team that's been able to put everything together. The Mariners are in the last place, the Rangers may be getting ready to sell, and Carlos Correa is almost ready for a promotion.
AL West standings 5/7:
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AL West news and notes 5/7:
- The Mariners have a "super secret weapon" that is comparable to Mike Trout in some statistical categories.
- Brad Miller is moving to the outfield, which is a good thing. "We've all felt the change the past two nights, that calm when Chris Taylor fields a ball compared to the 'oh god, no not this one please don't fire this over his-oh thank god, LoMo caught it' sense of dread that accompanies nearly every play."
- Johnny Giovatella knocked in the winning run to walk-off against the Mariners, but the Angels offense still isn't clicking. "Except for Johnny G's RBI in the 9th, the Halos only plated any runs in one frame, the bottom of the 3rd."
- Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo belted his first home run of the 2015 minor league season, and is hitting .333/.417/.571 in 12 games at AA.
- Jon Daniels is set to take a critical look at his team and how best to move forward. "We took a patient approach to the start of the season and I'm glad we did it, but things haven't really picked up."
- Mitch Moreland had a good day, but Leonys Martin was injured. Moreland was placed on the DL with bone chips in his elbow, and while he can't be activated until Wednesday's game, "there is a possibility that he could play in a minor league game as early as Saturday."
- Scott Kazmir could become trade bait depending on how the A's play over the coming weeks, and the Royals may be a potential landing spot.
- After running straight into a wall, the Astros placed right fielder George Springer on the seven-day DL for a concussion. Preston Tucker is being called up to make his MLB debut.
- According to GM Jeff Lunhow, über prospect Carlos Correa is set to be promoted to AAA in the next couple weeks. If he performs well at Fresno, the Astros could call him up to the big leagues once the super-two cutoff has passed.