The Texas Rangers are the best team in baseball, ranked No. 1 in the latest ESPN rankings for the second week in a row. The Rangers have been one of the best teams for the better part the last three years, according to the standings. Two years ago the bats went silent, and the San Francisco Giants got a charity donation World Series Championship, last year the donation went to the St. Louis Cardinals. Everything this season is pointing to the Texas Rangers making the decision charity starts at home.
Going into tonight’s series rubber game with the Tampa Rays, the Rangers have the best record in baseball. Going back to last year, they have won 27 of the last 32 regular season games they have played. Winning tonight and they could go into Toronto for a three game series with a chance to close out April with an 18-5 record.
Looking ahead, the next six games, that record could easily improve to 23-6 or if every ball bounces right, 24-5 is not out of the realm of possibilities. The Rangers got to Toronto for three games against the Blue Jays who currently sit fourth in the American League East, with a 12-10 record. ESPN has them ranked as the 10th best team in baseball.
The Blue Jays simply do not have the bats or the pitching to play with the Rangers. This being baseball, the Blue Jays could steal a game in the series, that would no doubt be due to a Ranger starting pitcher blowing up in the first inning like Matt Harrison did against the Tampa Rays during this current home stand. The Blue Jays come into the series with a team batting average of .243, and a team ERA of 3.86, those stats will have the Rangers pitchers and hitters rubbing their collective hands together.
Yu Darvish makes his next start in Toronto, so if the Blue Jays have a chance on stealing a game, the Jays may want to jump on him early, otherwise Texas could leave Toronto heading for Cleveland fresh off a three game sweep of the Jays.
Cleveland should put up even less competition than Toronto, although Cleveland is ranked first in the A.L. Central, they are so with an 11-9 record. Cleveland’s batting average is Toronto-like at .242, but pitching has been a big issue for the Indians. The Indians team ERA of 4.30 with only 124 strikeouts could be like an old style buffet for Rangers hitters, All-You-Can-Eat.
Yes, it is a good time to be a Texas Rangers fan, and it has been for over two seasons now. I am predicting the Rangers to go 20-8 in May, giving them an early season record of 38-18, and about an eight game lead in the A.L. West. I wonder how C. J. Wilson is enjoying southern California this season. I have heard the weather is nice there, which would be nice, because the Los Angeles Angels are only 10 games back of the Rangers at the time of this writing. Did I mention it was still April?
J. Brackston has been an avid Texas Rangers fan since they moved to Texas from Washington D.C… He has rooted for the good teams and bad teams, and watched 100′s of games at the old Arlington Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.