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AL West 2019 preview: Opening Day rosters and lineups for all 5 teams

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Here’s how the division looks to start the season.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 MLB season has arrived! The Oakland A’s are title contenders this year, but first they’ll be competing within their own division so it’s worth keeping an eye on the other AL West teams. If nothing else, we’ll be seeing these clubs 19 times each. Click here for a roundup of all the offseason moves made by the Astros, Angels, Rangers, and Mariners.

Below you’ll find the Opening Day rosters and Opening Day lineups for each AL West team.

Houston Astros

Roster

Astros 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters (5)

Justin Verlander (R)
Gerrit Cole (R)
Collin McHugh (R)
Wade Miley (L)
Brad Peacock (R)

Relievers (7)

Roberto Osuna (R)
Ryan Pressly (R)
Will Harris (R)
Chris Devenski (R)
Josh James (R)
Hector Rondon (R)
Framber Valdez (L)
Catchers (2)

Robinson Chirinos (R)
Max Stassi (R)

Infielders (6)

Yuli Gurriel (R)
Jose Altuve (R)
Carlos Correa (R)
Alex Bregman (R)
Aledmys Diaz (R)
Tyler White (R)

Outfielders (5)

Michael Brantley (L)
George Springer (R)
Josh Reddick (L)
Jake Marisnick (R)
Tony Kemp (L)

Key injuries: RHP Lance McCullers (TJS) (out for season), RHP Joe Smith (achilles)

Overview: Roster is stacked and mostly healthy, and they even added another star in Brantley. They’re once again a championship front-runner, and maybe even the odds-on favorite. There are at least four legit MVP candidates in the lineup, and two legit Cy Young candidates in the rotation, and they’re still set to add two of the top 10 prospects in the sport this summer (Whitley and Tucker).

Quick note: Correa is day-to-day with a neck problem.

Former A’s: Reddick, of course. Peacock and Stassi were both traded to Houston as prospects, so they were part of the A’s org but never suited up in the majors.

Lineup

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B
  3. Alex Bregman, 3B
  4. Michael Brantley, LF
  5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  6. Tyler White, DH
  7. Robinson Chirinos, C
  8. Aledmys Diaz, SS
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF

Justin Verlander makes the start against the Yankees.

The Angels

Roster

Angels 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters (5)

Trevor Cahill (R)
Matt Harvey (R)
Tyler Skaggs (L)
Felix Pena (R)
Chris Stratton (R)

Relievers (8)

Cody Allen (R)
Ty Buttrey (R)
Hansel Robles (R)
Luis Garcia (R)
Justin Anderson (R)
Cam Bedrosian (R)
Noe Ramirez (R)
Luke Bard (R)
Catchers (2)

Jonathan Lucroy (R)
Kevan Smith (R)

Infielders (6)

Justin Bour (L)
Albert Pujols (R)
David Fletcher (R)
Tommy La Stella (L)
Andrelton Simmons (R)
Zack Cozart (R)

Outfielders (4)

Mike Trout (R)
Kole Calhoun (L)
Peter Bourjos (R)
Brian Goodwin (L)

Key injuries: OF Justin Upton (turf toe), OF Shohei Ohtani (TJS), LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow)

Overview: They’re built around a superstar outfield, but two of those key hitters are out. Finally signed some pitchers, but their best starter is out too. No precise timetable on any of their returns, though for now any of them could still be short-term.

Quick note: Only one lefty pitcher on the whole roster for now, and none in the bullpen.

Former A’s: Cahill and Lucroy both left as free agents last winter and wound up together down south.

Lineup

  1. Kole Calhoun, LF
  2. Mike Trout, CF
  3. Justin Bour, 1B
  4. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  5. Albert Pujols, DH
  6. Zack Cozart, 3B
  7. Tommy La Stella, 2B
  8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  9. Peter Bourjos, RF

Trevor Cahill makes the start against the A’s.

Seattle Mariners

Roster

Mariners 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters (5)

Marco Gonzalez (L)
Yusei Kikuchi (L)
Mike Leake (R)
Wade LeBlanc (L)
Felix Hernandez (R)

Relievers (8)

Hunter Strickland (R)
Chasen Bradford (R)
Brandon Brennan (R)
Roenis Elias (L)
Matt Festa (R)
Cory Gearrin (R)
Zac Rosscup (L)
Nick Rumbelow (R)
Catchers (2)

Omar Narvaez (L)
David Freitas (R)

Infielders (6)

Edwin Encarnacion (R)
Dee Gordon (L)
Tim Beckham (R)
Ryon Healy (R)
Dylan Moore (R)
Daniel Vogelbach (L)

Outfielders (4)

Jay Bruce (L)
Mitch Haniger (R)
Domingo Santana (R)
Mallex Smith (L)

Key injuries: 3B Kyle Seager (hand), plus four relievers (Armstrong, Bautista, Swarzak, Tuivailala)

Overview: Basically a whole new team from last year, with only a handful of returners. Somehow they snatched two wins from the A’s in the Japan opening series.

Quick note: It’s weird seeing Felix at the bottom of the rotation instead of the top.

Former A’s: Healy is the main one, but they also signed Gearrin this winter. Freitas was once an Oakland farmhand.

Lineup

  1. Mitch Haniger, RF
  2. Domingo Santana, LF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  4. Jay Bruce, DH
  5. Ryon Healy, 3B
  6. Tim Beckham, SS
  7. Mallex Smith, CF
  8. David Freitas, C
  9. Dee Gordon, 2B

Marco Gonzalez makes the start against the Red Sox.

Texas Rangers

Roster

Rangers 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters (5)

Mike Minor (L)
Edinson Volquez (R)
Lance Lynn (R)
Drew Smyly (L)
Shelby Miller (R)

Relievers (8)

Jose Leclerc (R)
Chris Martin (R)
Jesse Chavez (R)
Shawn Kelley (R)
Jeanmar Gomez (R)
Kyle Dowdy (R)
Jeffrey Springs (L)
Kyle Bird (L)
Catchers (2)

Jeff Mathis (R)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)

Infielders (5)

Ronald Guzman (L)
Rougned Odor (L)
Elvis Andrus (R)
Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
Logan Forsythe (R)

Outfielders (5)

Joey Gallo (L)
Delino DeShields (R)
Nomar Mazara (L)
Shin-Soo Choo (L)
Hunter Pence (R)

Key injuries: None, really

Overview: They’re rebuilding, but on the bright side there’s lots of potential for tradable assets on this roster come July. They’re at least not boring, with lots of veteran names you’ve heard of.

Quick note: Choo is a healthy scratch on Opening Day.

Former A’s: Chavez and Kelley in the bullpen.

Lineup

  1. Delino DeShields, CF
  2. Rougned Odor, 2B
  3. Elvis Andrus, SS
  4. Joey Gallo, LF
  5. Hunter Pence, DH
  6. Nomar Mazara, RF
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B
  8. Ronald Guzman, 1B
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

Mike Minor makes the start against the Cubs.

Oakland A’s

Roster

Oakland A's 25-man roster
Pitchers Hitters
Starters (5)

Mike Fiers (R)
Marco Estrada (R)
Brett Anderson (L)
Frankie Montas (R)
Aaron Brooks (R)

Relievers (8)

Blake Treinen (R)
Lou Trivino (R)
Joakim Soria (R)
Fernando Rodney (R)
Ryan Buchter (L)
Yusmeiro Petit (R)
Liam Hendriks (R)
J.B. Wendelken (R)
Catchers (2)

Nick Hundley (R)
Josh Phegley (R)

Infielders (5)

Matt Chapman (R)
Marcus Semien (R)
Jurickson Profar (S)
Mark Canha (R)
Kendrys Morales (S)

Outfielders (5)

Khris Davis (R)
Stephen Piscotty (R)
Ramon Laureano (R)
Robbie Grossman (S)
Chad Pinder (R)

Key injuries: 1B Matt Olson (hamate), C Chris Herrmann (knee), RHP Chris Bassitt (leg)

Overview: Lots of promise after 97-win season, but also red flags. Rotation is still shaky, and defense takes a major hit with temporary loss of Olson. Key loss of All-Star Jed Lowrie replaced well by Profar.

Quick note: Team made last-minute addition of Morales to replace Olson.

Former A’s: I mean, on a long enough time frame they’re all future former A’s.

Lineup

  1. Robbie Grossman, LF
  2. Matt Chapman, 3B
  3. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  4. Khris Davis, DH
  5. Jurickson Profar, 1B
  6. Chad Pinder, 2B
  7. Marcus Semien, SS
  8. Ramon Laureano, CF
  9. Josh Phegley, C

Mike Fiers makes the start against the Angels.