For the first time in 12 days, the Texas Rangers are back atop the AL West.
MLB is a league full of surges and the Rangers are just one of the many teams that are streaking as the weather continues to get warmer. Surely, the Toronto Blue Jays currently take the cake with an 11-game winning streak, but Ron Washington‘s club is also riding a rather impressive hot stretch.
The Rangers’ faithful can’t enjoy facing the St. Louis Cardinals in Busch Stadium considering the outcome of the 2011 World Series, but this weekend went better than expected for anyone in the Lone Star State.
With 47 wins, the Cardinals are the best team in MLB, so dropping three straight home games to the Rangers is rather surprising, especially when Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright gets tagged for another loss — Wainwright has not been in the win column since capturing his 10th win of the year on June 13th. For now, the panic button remains far away, but a few more losses and the Cardinals could easily be passed up in the NL Central.
Prior to their recent winning ways, the Rangers had a 5-12 record in the month of June. Usually Texas turns it on around this time of year, so a rare cold start to the month caused concern across the baseball world. A few wins later and Washington has his ballclub playing great baseball, yet it’s just a matter of time before the Oakland Athletics snatch the division lead once again.