Products featured in this Yahoo article are selected by our shopping writers. We will earn a commission from purchases made via links in this article. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Baseball Bar-B-Cast's AL West Preview: Rangers look to repeat, the underdog Astros & the Shohei Ohtani-less Angels

Subscribe to Baseball Bar-B-Cast

Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | YouTube

It’s time to take a trip out west in our 2024 MLB season preview series, this time to the American League West, home of the World Series defending champion Texas Rangers.

After winning their first time in club history, the Rangers will look to become the first team to repeat as champions since the New York Yankees dynasty of the 90’s. However, the Houston Astros are looking to live up to their projections and will try to get back to the title dance despite being titled “underdogs” after their ALCS disappointment.

Jake Mintz & Jordan Shusterman also discuss how the Seattle Mariners will need an MVP like caliber performance from Julio Rodriguez to help get over the letdown at the end their season, whether Mike Trout can return to form for the now Shohei Ohtani-less Los Angeles Angels and the mess that is unfortunately the Oakland Athletics.

The guys also talk about the latest update to Gerrit Cole's injury and whether Tommy John surgery might be inevitable for the ace pitcher.

2:43 Gerrit Cole injury update

7:51 Oakland Athletics

19:53 Los Angeles Angels

34:33 Seattle Mariners

46:25 Texas Rangers

59:19 Houston Astros

Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

[Join or create a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league for the 2024 MLB season]

Follow the show on X at @CespedesBBQ

Follow Jake @Jake_Mintz

Follow Jordan @J_Shusterman_

🖥️ Watch this full episode on YouTube

Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports podcast family at or at Yahoo Sports Podcasts