Winners and losers of Astros' move

Calculating the playoff impact of Houston's league switch

Updated: March 1, 2013, 2:41 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Jose AltuveSteve Mitchell/US PresswireJose Altuve and the Astros are going to shift the balance of power in the AL.

The Houston Astros are going to the American League West. Their current major league roster looks like one of the worst we've seen in recent memory, as the team is currently in the midst of a total organizational overhaul. The Astros are almost certainly going to be one of the worst teams in baseball this season, and their addition to the AL West means that the schedules for Texas, the Angels, Oakland, and Seattle will be easier this year than last.

Just how much will playing one of the league's worst teams 19 times help that division's contenders? Well, first off, we need to know where those games are going to come from.


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