Do you believe in miracles? If you do and you’re a Texas Rangers fan, you might be in luck if you read the latest bold predictions from MLB.com writer Anthony Castrovince.
Castrovince gave 10 bold predictions for the month of July in baseball, and there’s one in particular that should get Rangers fans giddy about what could be on the horizon.
Here’s what he prognosticated:
"The Rangers will be in a playoff spot at month’s end."
Say what? Could Texas actually find themselves in the thick of the playoff race heading into the all-important month of August? If you believe this MLB pundit, perhaps they could be.
MLB analyst gives bold July prediction for the Texas Rangers that should excite fans
Here’s some of the reasoning behind the prediction:
"The Rangers, though, are a respectable 29-26 since the start of May, and had they just fared better in one-run games (they are 4-15), their season would take on an entirely different tone.That can happen this month, if only because a schedule featuring 21 games against other sub-.500 squads affords them the opportunity to hang around the AL playoff race."
That 4-15 record in one-run games speaks volumes, because the Rangers currently sit at 36-39 as of the writing of this article. Had they been even 9-10 or 10-9 in those same circumstances, we’re talking about a team well over .500 and one that would likely already be occupying a playoff spot. But 29-26 is indeed a respectable stretch, and a sign of a team playing greatly improved baseball from just a year ago.
If we look at the Texas Rangers’ upcoming July schedule after they finish with the Mets, they do have a tough series against the Twins at home, but otherwise, their docket features matchups against the Orioles, Athletics, Mariners and Angels, as well as an isolated game in Miami against the Marlins after the All-Star break. Not exactly a murderer’s row, and certainly a manageable stretch for the team! You can perhaps see where Castrovince is coming from here.
How the Rangers do in July will dictate how they act come trade deadline time on August 2, and they’ll likely stand pat or add a controllable piece or two at best.
But in any case, the expectations have been raised some for Texas heading into the dog days of summer.