Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

Over the next week, we will take a look at how each team’s lineups looked to start the season in 2012 compared to the projected look for 2013 (all ZiPS projections courtesy of Fangraphs.)

We covered the NL West and NL Central, and NL East. Now we look at the American League West.

Texas Rangers

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. 2B Ian Kinsler: .256/.326/.423 1. 2B Ian Kinsler: 264/.345/.445
2. SS Elvis Andrus: .286/.349/.378 2. SS Elvis Andrus: .281/.349/.363
3 CF Josh Hamilton: .285/.354/.577 3. DH Lance Berkman: .273/.387/.485
4. 3B Adrian Beltre: .321/.359/.561 4. 3B Adrian Beltre: .291/.338/.504
5. DH Michael Young: .277/.312/.370 5. RF Nelson Cruz: .269/.333/.489
6. RF Nelson Cruz: .260/.319/.460 6. LF David Murphy: .281/.350/.437
7. 1B Mike Napoli: .227/.343/.469 7. C A.J. Pierzynski: .269/.310/.422
8. C Yorvit Torrealba: .227/.293/.330 8. 1B Mitch Moreland: .270/.334/.451
9. LF David Murphy: .304/.380/.479 9. CF Leonys Martin: .286/.340/.451

Big changes were  made this year from the 2012 version of the Rangers lineup. Michael Young was traded to the Phillies, while Josh Hamilton left via free agency to the  rival Angels. Rookie Jurickson Profar will begin the season in the minors, but should make an appearance in the Show relatively soon.

Los Angeles Angels

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. SS Erick Aybar: .290/.324/.416 1. LF Mike Trout: .325/.402/.564
2. 2B Howie Kendrick: .287/.325/.400 2. SS Erick Aybar: .278/.321/.389
3 1B Albert Pujols: .285/.343/.516 3. 1B Albert Pujols: .305/.394/.564
4. RF Torii Hunter: .313/.365/.430 4. RF Josh Hamilton: .289/.356/.540
5. LF Vernon Wells: .230/.279/.403 5. DH Mark Trumbo: .266/.315/.495
6. DH Kendrys Morales: .273/.320/.467 6. 2B Howie Kendrick: .287/.325/.400
7. 3B Mark Trumbo: .268/.317/.491 7. 3B Alberto Callaspo: .271/.337/.386
8. C Chris Iannetta: .240/.332/.398 8. C Chris Iannetta: .240/.352/.426
9. CF Peter Bourjos: .220/.291/.315 9. CF Peter Bourjos: 262/.316/.411

Big difference one year makes, as Mike Trout, arguably one of the best players in the game, starts the 2013 campaign in the Opening Day roster after starting last year in the minors. The addition of Hamilton to hit behind Pujols in the lineup gives them one of the better lineups in the league.

Oakland Athletics

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. 2B Jemile Weeks: .221/.305/.304 1. CF Coco Crisp: .263/.327/.397
2. SS Cliff Pennington: .215/.278/.311 2. 3B Jed Lowrie: .261/.344/.447
3 LF Coco Crisp: .259/.325/.418 3. LF Yoenis Cespedes: .297/.364/.515
4. DH Seth Smith: .240/.333/.420 4. 1B Brandon Moss: .265/.335/.486
5. C Kurt Suzuki: .235/.276/.328 5. RF Josh Reddick: .247/.311/.470
6. RF Josh Reddick: .242/.305/.463 6. DH Seth Smith: .260/.339/.447
7. CF Yoenis Cespedes: .292/.356/.505 7. C John Jaso: .260/.364/.392
8. 1B Brandon Allen: .100/.182/.250 8. 2B Scott Sizemore: .245/.329/.379
9. 3B Eric Sogard: .167/.206/.275 9. SS Hiroyuki Nakajima: NA

The Athletics will look to keep the momentum going from an outstanding and surprising 2012 season. Yoenis Cespedes will need to continue is consistent hitting will Josh Reddick will have to have another career season for the A’s to compete.

Seattle Mariners

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. 3B Chone Figgins: .181/.262/.271 1. RF Michael Saunders: .240/.309/.403
2. 2B Dustin Ackley: .226/.294/.328 2. 3B Kyle Seager: .278/.337/.443
3 RF Ichiro Suzuki: .283/.307/.390 3. DH Kendrys Morales: .284/.332/.489
4. 1B Justin Smoak: .217/.290/.364 4. LF Michael Morse: .295/.342/.501
5. DH Jesus Montero: .260/.298/.386 5. 1B Justin Smoak: .234/.324/.395
6. LF Mike Carp: .213/.312/.341 6. C Jesus Montero: .285/.337/.466
7. C Miguel Olivo: .222/.239/.381 7. 2B Dustin Ackley: .249/.328/.370
8. CF Michael Saunders: ..247/.306/.432 8. CF Franklin Gutierrez: .253/.308/.374
9. SS Brendan Ryan: .194/.277/.278 9. SS Brendan Ryan: .227/.296/.305

The Mariners moved in the fences at Safeco Field, and with that acquired more offense to help in 2013. Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse will supply the power the team was missing last season, while Michael Saunders should be a major boost a top the lineup in comparison to 2012 Chone Figgins experiment.

Houston Astros

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. CF Jordan Schafer: .211/.297/.294 1. 2B Jose Altuve: .299/.347/.417
2. 2B Jose Altuve: .290/.340/.399 2. 1B Brett Wallace: .265/.325/.421
3 LF J.D. Martinez: .241/.311/.375 3. DH Carlos Pena: .209/.340/.408
4. 1B Carlos Lee: .264/.332/.365 4. LF Chris Carter: .248/.333/.471
5. RF Brian Bogusevic: .203/.297/.299 5. C Jason Castro: .256/.339/.382
6. 3B Chris Johnson: .281/.326/.451 6. CF Justin Maxwell: .244/.331/.465
7. C Jason Castro: .257/.334/.401 7. RF Fernando Martinez: .257/.318/.406
8. SS Marwin Gonzalez: .234/.280/.327 8. 3B Matt Dominguez: .242/.293/.385
9. Pitcher 9. SS Ronny Cedeno: .254/.306/.361

Not much to say here on this projected lineup except, good luck Houston, good luck!

Comments (2)

  1. lol there’s probably more mistakes here but it looks like you used the Bill James for Justin Maxwell (CF Houston). ZiPS projects .211/.298/.407.

    An .800 OPS looked a little fishy for an up-the-middle ‘Stros player I’ve never heard of.

  2. lol Nick Markakis. I want Bill James’ drugs.

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