- The Houston Astros traded for Justin Verlander at the trade deadline
- The Astros have been competing with the Texas Rangers for the AL West title
- Baseball pundits consider the Astros the favorite in the AL West
The Houston Astros have made a big trade for Justin Verlander, acquiring him from the New York Mets. This move has made the Astros the overwhelming favorite not just in the AL West but in the entire American League. Verlander is a great fit for the team, as he has won two World Series titles with Houston and is familiar with the clubhouse. The Texas Rangers have also made significant trades to improve their team, but the Astros’ addition of Verlander has solidified their status as favorites. The Rangers, however, are ready to fight and prove themselves as tough competitors.