Heading into the weekend, the Texas Rangers faced their biggest test of the season with the Boston Red Sox, the best team in baseball, taking the field in Arlington Friday night. On Friday, I wrote that this would be the series that would teach us a lot about this Rangers team, and indeed it did.
Now, after racking up a three game sweep and emerging from the weekend tied with the Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in the MLB, the Rangers have shown us that (though it’s still early) this is a team deserving of lofty expectations. With so many changes occurring in the offseason, many fans feared that the team would struggle this year. However, if they can continue playing at this level consistently, the Rangers very well could be even better this year that they were last season.
Though they certainly have their flaws, the Rangers have proven to be one of the most well-rounded teams in the league.
Despite injuries to key starters, their pitching has been consistently solid, and Yu Darvish is proving more and more with each outing that he’s far and away one of the best pitchers in baseball. Additionally, though the team has been a bit inconsistent behind the plate, they find ways (mostly with their speed) to score runs. This weekend, the slumping offense found a way to knock in sixteen runs while defense and pitching held one of the hottest hitting teams to just four.
As of now, they seem to be clicking on all cylinders: they can hit, they can pitch, they can play defense, and they can kill you with their speed.
Indeed, it’s still very, very early, but the Texas Rangers aced their first big test of the season proving that they belong in the conversation as one of the best teams in all of baseball this year. Getting there, however, is simple; it’s staying there that will prove to be much more difficult.
Are they up to the task?