Last year the Oakland Athletics skipped starting pitcher Mike Fiers who ranked 10th overall in earned run average (ERA). Instead electing to use reliever Liam Hendriks as an opener. This year Sean Manaea got the start after only making five starts, yet finished witn an era of 1.21 in 29.2 innings. Another questionable decision was to start rookie catcher Sean Murphy instead of going with the veteran Josh Phegley. With
The AL West has seen plenty of surprises so far in 2017, with a resurgent Houston Astros team playing as dominant as they were over a decade ago. Los Angeles Angels were here hit with injury when Mike Trout went down, a hot-and-cold Seattle Mariners team, and an Oakland A’s team still bleeding from after the 2014 season. Check out the first half 2017 MLB season review for the AL West.