Rangers up 4 at All Star Break
The Texas Rangers have had a roller coaster 1st half of the season. At times the Rangers look unbeatable, the favorites to win a 3rd straight AL pennant, and maybe even get over the World Series hump. Other times, the Rangers offense can’t get going, and the Rangers look average. The Rangers have also suffered a ton of injuries in the pitching rotation, with Holland, Feliz, and Ogando all missing significant time. The Rangers had to sign Roy Oswalt to add depth to the rotation, and so far he’s been a roller coaster as well. Even with the injuries and inconsistent offense, the Rangers are still 4 games up on the Angels, and are starting to get healthy. Holland is back, Oswalt had a solid start on Sunday, and the Rangers are sent 8 players to the All Star game. The key to the 2nd half of the season will be generating offense. The rotation is deep, the bullpen is also deep, and with Craig Gentry playing more center field, the defense is top notch. If the Rangers can score runs like they usually do, the Texas Rangers can very well get back to the World Series. The two players to watch in the 2nd half is Michael Young and Mike Napoli. Young has caught fire recently, and if he keeps that up the middle of the batting order is as good as anybody in baseball. Napoli has struggled, but if he can be half of what he was last season, the Rangers will be scary good. Nap can bring a solid HR threat in the bottom of the order, which means pitchers will have no easy outs against the Rangers. It’s going to be a great race in the AL West, the Angels will make the Rangers work for a division title. With young stars in Trout and Trumbo, the Angels finally have some firepower to go along with that great rotation. But in the end, I feel the Rangers are just too deep not to win not only the AL west, but the AL pennant as well. I think the real question for the Rangers is, can they finally get it done in the World Series?