It's a bit of an understatement to say that the past couple of weeks of Rangers' baseball have been frustrating. The 25+ scoreless inning streak that ended yesterday was unbearable and almost Miami Marlins-esque. And the fact that the team has yet to trade for a power bat has raised eyebrows with fans. Matt Garza was a nice acquisition but can he hit in the two-hole?
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Giants proved in 2010, and again last season, that you don't need a powerful offense to win the World Series. Great pitching and team chemistry can get you to the top of the mountain. Texas can do that too.
Now I've looked at the A.L. West and have some good news. Texas can win it. The Angels are cash-strapped and prospect-poor meaning that they can't make any spalshy moves by tomorrow's deadline to bring in some pitching. Plus they may be without Albatross Albert Pujols for the rest of the season.
The Astros are a team in Houston.
The Mariners are reaping the benefits of the Astros and Angels being what they are.
That brings me to Oakland. They are currently playing a shockingly bad Blue Jays squad and after that they have series against the Rangers, Reds, Blue Jays, Astros, Indians, Mariners, Orioles, Tigers, Rays, Rangers, Astros, Twins, Rangers, Angels, Twins, Angels and Mariners. 24 out of 55 games against teams with winning records. Four of those series (Reds, Orioles, Tigers and Rangers are road games).
Texas has games remaining against the Diamondbacks, A's, Angels, Astros, Brewers, Mariners, Astros, White Sox, Mariners, Twins, A's, Angels, Pirates, A's, Rays, Royals, Astros and Angels. 16 out of 54 against winning teams. 19 if you include the Royals who are currently sitting at .500.
Clearly the schedule favors Texas along with the eventual returns of Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison to bolster an already great pitching staff. Now let's just hope the offense awakens and Texas doesn't lose Cruz to a possible suspension.