Could it be that we have seen the Texas Rangers turn that corner? They swept the Astros before splitting their series with the Rays last week. Thus far, they have taken two of three games from the Kansas City Royals, who have the best record in the American League. Not bad for a team that looked like it was dead in the water when the calender was turning over to May.
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That strong play as of late is beginning to be recognized. In this week’s FanSided MLB Power Rankings, the Rangers have moved up to their highest spot of the year, coming in ranked 24th. Yes, the Rangers have finally climbed out of the Final Five and are no longer relegated to the scorn of teams not named the Brewers or Phillies!
What we have been seeing from the Rangers over the past week and a half is the type of team that we expected from the start of the season. The pitching has been decent enough to keep them in games, and the offense has begun to come around. Who knew that the answer to their offensive woes may have been as simple as putting Shin-Soo Choo atop the lineup?
Now, given the Texas Rangers success against teams with winning records, there is a different feel around the ballclub. They seem confident, as though the expectations of struggling have been lifted from their shoulders. Maybe this is just the typical hot streak that even the worst of teams go on each year; however, this does not seem to be the case. It just seems as though everything is coming together for the Rangers, as their offense is finally producing at their capabilities.
Will this latest run continue throughout the rest of the season? No one can say with any certainty. However, the fact that this run has come against two division leaders in the Royals and Astros is a good sign that the Rangers could sustain their recent hot play.
The Texas Rangers have moved up four spots in the recent Power Rankings. With the way the team has performed of late, they may well continue to climb up the ladder.