The Texas Rangers' first half of the season has been one of ups and downs. They are currently sitting in first place in the American League West and look poised for another October run.
They are one of the top five teams in all of baseball in terms of batting average, runs scored and home runs. Anchored by All-Stars Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Michael Young, there is no reason to expect this to change in the second half of play.
Another strong suit for the Rangers has historically been their weakest: starting pitching. C.J. Wilson and Alexi Ogando represented the American League at the Midsummer Classic, but they could've been joined by Matt Harrison, who is having a solid season himself.
While starting pitching and offense will get you to first place, they won't win you a championship when the bullpen and defense have been suspect all year. Despite starting the season on a nine-game win streak and closing the first half on another seven-game streak, the Rangers find themselves only a game ahead of the surging Angels.
So what does the second half hold for the Rangers? Will it see the Rangers repeating as American League champions?
Here are seven bold predictions for what is yet to come.