With about a month and a half left in the season, here is where our Texas Rangers stand. In first place. But Oakland is not going away.
In the past month, the Rangers have gained a Matt Garza and an Alex Rios. They have lost a Nelson Cruz, a Colby Lewis and now a Matt Harrison. So where does that leave them? Better than before.
"What?", you say. Texas has not had Lewis or Harrison for practically the entire season. Their losses don't mean that much. Sure the Cruz loss hurts, but Rios can fill in adequately and provide production. Not the same as Cruz, but he will contribute. Now, take a look at the rotation. Better to have Garza than a maybe Harrison or Lewis. Or maybe Neftali Feliz.
What the Rangers have right now is what they're going to have to go with down the stretch. We like the chances. However, looking at the schedules, the Rangers need to have at least a four game lead going into September.
Texas has an easy August schedule. Oakland's is tougher. The tables are turned in September.
And for the "Fire Wash" crowd, Ron Washington deserves no less than manager of the year if he guides this team to the playoffs. We won't bore you with the details now, but it could be coming at a later date.