Ron Washington has the Texas Rangers playing good baseball right now. Although they are coming off a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, the Rangers are still in a position to win the four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Texas currently has a 3.5 game lead in the American League West, which is the largest lead for any division leader in MLB.
Part of the reason they are enjoying the lead is the ability to manufacture runs. Washington enjoys being aggressive with the team’s base running. Coming into Sunday, the Rangers had been thrown out seven times on the base paths during the previous three games in the series with the Twins. Don’t expect that to change. Washington has always liked the aggressive nature and now that he is without the homerun power of Josh Hamilton, he will have to rely more heavily on manufacturing runs.
Although they are enjoying a 3.5 game lead in the division, Texas must learn from the past. Last year, through 24 games, they enjoyed a 5.5 game lead in the division. They proved in September, however, that it’s not how you start but how you finish that counts. Texas had one of the worst melt downs to end the season as the Oakland Athletics won the division and Texas would lose the wild card playoff game. Texas needs to stay focused on the task at hand and that is to win series. You don’t have to win every game, and you won’t, but win the series and you’ll be just fine. Right now, Washington has this team believing they can do just that and so far, they’re proving him right.