Here we are on Aug. 16, 2012 and the Rangers are 68-49 with a 6.5 game over second-place Oakland and Anaheim.
At this same time one year ago, the Rangers were 71-52 with a 6 game lead over second place Anaheim.
Even with Josh Hamilton in a contract year, why does this feel so different?
Take your pick. A various number of injuries to starting pitchers that did not happen one year ago. Michael Young appears to have hit middle age.
The biggest worry should be starting pitching. Not only do they still not have a postseason hammer, but Matt Harrison is the only healty starting pitcher on this staff with a sub 4 ERA.
If it makes you feel any better, and this won't, but on this date in 2011 the St. Louis Cardinals were seven games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.
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