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With the Tiger's loss today the Texas Rangers now have the best record in the American League at 74-53. But does that neccesarily mean that they are the best team?

No.

If you break down the Rangers record you'll find that they are 41-16 versus their division and 23-30 against the rest of the A.L. (oh and 10-7 against N.L. opponents).

The A's are 32-25 against the West and 26-23 against the rest of the league.

Compare those numbers to the Boston Red Sox. The Sox 30-24 against their East rivals and 34-26 versus the Central and West.

What this suggests is that the Rangers and A's are benefitting from playing in a weak division which was made even weaker this season with the addition of the Astros. The Red Sox play in a much tougher division which is why they are only six games over .500 against East foes.

September will be a good test outside the division as the Rangers will face the Pirates, Rays and Royals.

But they also have 16 games against the West as well. 

 

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