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With or without Nelson Cruz, the Rangers have enough talent to go deep in the postseason.
2013 Record: 62-50
Although Nelson Cruz undoubtedly improves the Texas Rangers, they will remain capable of qualifying for October baseball in his absence. Should they get there, any possible 50-game suspension would have expired, and Cruz would get to rejoin the lineup.
The progression of Derek Holland and acquisition of Matt Garza have given this team three starters who would match up favorably with any opponent during a short series. Texas could use a steady No. 4 option to complete a deep playoff run, and right on cue, as he nears a return to the rotation, southpaw Matt Harrison "felt really good" in his latest minor league tune-up, according to MLB.com's Master Tesfatsion.
On the offensive side of things, Mitch Moreland is gradually finding his stroke again after a lengthy stretch of inconsistency, while Elvis Andrus is simply too talented to continue scuffling.
Moreover, don't forget about the possibility of the Rangers bringing in more hitters this month. With a winning percentage inferior to those of the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics (among others), this club will have opportunities to negotiate with sellers, or at least block talent from getting to the AL division leaders.
Finally, we can't speak about Texas without praising the bullpen. Five different relievers own sub-3.00 earned run averages, and Neftali Feliz is mere weeks away from reinforcing the group.