Over the past week we have witnessed the return of Josh Hamilton, a hot and cold offense and plenty wins. In fact the Rangers’ win total over the past week was enough to vault them five spots, leaving the team perched at 18th in this week’s rankings.
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In the pervious installment of the Fansided Power Rankings they had the Texas Rangers ranked 23rd, but after another sterling week that saw the team go 6-1 in between last week’s rankings and the one that was released prior to last night’s loss at home to the Red Sox the Rangers were rewarded.
They had this to say in their blurb on the team, “The Rangers have won eight of their last ten and are now just a half game out of second place in the division (Houston is running away with it). The Prince Fielder on the field in 2015 is the one they thought they were acquiring prior to 2014, and the lefty slugger is leading the American League in hitting, RBI, and is fourth is OPS. What a difference a year makes.”
One could argue that the Texas Rangers should be ranked at least one spot higher since their winning percentage is just slightly better than that of the Baltimore Orioles, even after the loss to Boston last night. Texas holds a .479 winning percentage while Baltimore has a .478, with Texas having one extra win and one more loss than the Orioles. That’s just a technicality though, so 18th is manageable.
It’s actually the Padres that should be moved out of the way to make room for the boys in Arlington, according to winning percentage. Both teams lost on Thursday night, so not much has changed on that front since the rankings were posted. Both teams have 23 wins on the season, while San Diego has one added loss, giving them a .469 percentage but they are ranked 16th on the list. If the Rangers continue their winning ways at home against Boston and Chicago over the next six days, they should be able to overtake the Padres and anyone else that stands in their way on their climb to the top!
Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 in last night’s series opener with a double and a rbi. If he starts to find that Hamilton stroke, the rest of the league could be in trouble between Hambone and the resurgent Prince Fielder in the middle of the order. With Boston’s pitching staff, it would come as no surprise if Hamilton catches fire over the weekend. Let’s go Rangers!