The Rangers were one out from winning the World Series last year. David Freese came up clutch, Neftalí Feliz could not. Thus, the Rangers still don’t have a ring and look as good as ever.
Their lineup is simply awesome. Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler have been on-base machines with Josh Hamilton in the three spot leading the majors in homers. Adrian Beltre hits behind Hamilton and is hitting over .300 and with 29 homers. Nelson Cruz is playing well this year with 22 homers and 81 RBI’s.
The team is so loaded offensively that they traded to get former NL rookie of the year Geovany Soto to replace the struggling Mike Napoli, the would be World Series MVP if Freese wasn’t so clutch. On the bench they have two mega prospects, Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar. Both featured in the Features game during All-Star Weekend.
The biggest surprise of the season has been the Rangers pitching staff. Rookie Japanese pitcher, Yu Darvish has struck out 188 batters in 161.2 IP with 14 wins. Matt Harrison earned All-Star honors this year posting a 3.37 ERA and has 15 wins. Their closer Joe Nathan, who was out of 2011 with Tommy John surgery, is back and dominating. He’s saved 29 out of 30 games and the Rangers risk signing him has payed off. Ryan Dempster was acquired from Chicago and has struggled so far facing AL lineups.
The Rangers look like favorites to win the World Series. Their lineup cannot be compared to any other team. If their pitching staff can give them quality starts then their offense will produce. This is undoubtedly their year to win it. The Yankees may not even make it to the playoffs. Other competition in the AL like the Athletics and Orioles lack the playoff experience that the Rangers have endured. The Rangers are experienced, and Nolan Ryan has put together the team that can get him the coveted World Series ring.