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08/26/2011

The Rangers are probably the 3rd best team in the AL

Cruz1 The rather convincing thumping the Rangers took from the Red Sox over the last three nights pretty much put baby in the corner.

The Rangers are not the best team in the AL, but probably the third best. This does not mean such "power rankings" will translate directly to the postseason. One pitcher in a five-game series can change everything. Ask Tampa Bay. It's why no one will want to see Justin Verlander in a five-game series against the Tigers. The team that plays the Tigers is down 0-2 before the series starts.

But if head-to-head matchups are any indication at all, the Rangers rank very near the top. Just not the top.

Texas v. Boston: 4-3 (Rangers swept the season-opening series)
Texas v. New York: 2-7
Texas v. Tampa Bay: 2-1
Texas v. Detroit: 3-6
Texas v. Cleveland: 6-1
Texas v. Anaheim: 7-6

How the Rangers fare over these next 12 games may not determine the AL West winner, but it will give us a very good indication how the team may do in the playoffs.

Starting tonight: 
3 at home against the Angels
3 at home against the Rays
3 at Boston
3 at the Rays

Godpeed.

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Comments

Jessie

I can't believe the Rangers are gonna make the playoffs. It seldom happens, but my earlier prediction about the Rangers NOT making the playoffs......might be a little off

Bill Kelly

Rangers have put together a great season. I could see them win it all, as long as they catch a few breaks. The only team that really scares me are the Phillies. Too much pitching. The bad streak of luck the Phillies would have to catch to lose would be serious. Phillies the champs this year.

Texas Ranger Fan

I like this ball club. I give the Rangers a punchers chance of doing something big in the playoffs. They have the talent.They just need a little (very little) post season magic coupled with some consistant play.

Go Rangers!

Stacey Brawley

I think your headline is accurate; "Rangers are 3rd best team in AL".

Its crazy. Give credit to the Rangers. They have played well, spent the money, caught their share of breaks, and are working hard.

But it's madness that they aren't "THE" team to beat this year. Phillies are too strong. I don't see anybody beating them.

Let's get out and cheer for the Rangers!

It's a good club this year!

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The rather convincing thumping the Rangers took from the Red Sox over the last three nights pretty much put baby in the corner. The Rangers are not the best team in the AL, but probably the third best. This does not mean such power rankings will translate directly to the...

Sox Fan

Red Sox will thump Texas and the ENTIRE league! Texas is done!

Cal Naughton Jr

3rd place is still pretty good. What's wrong with a bronze? Top 3 is plenty good.

#1 Ranger Fan

Give it up for the RANGERS!!!!!! They have had a REALLY good year.

Boo! to all you 'ranger-haters'!

Rangers babeeee!!!!

Jus Mate 5

rangers yeahh.. really love them..

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