The Texas Rangers just completed July and just like last year they are first in the AL West. It was a month that saw them put together a 12-game win streak, a 20-run game against the Twins and Derek Holland tied Cliff Lee for the most complete game shutouts.
They also were big players at the trade deadline by landing two of the best relievers in the game in Koji Uehara and Mike Adams. These additions fortify an under-performing bullpen and vault the Rangers to possible favorites in the American League with their strong rotation and productive offense.
Unlike last year, the Rangers have competition. The Angels are just two games back of first place and own one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball headlined by Cy Young candidate Jered Weaver and Dan Haren.
This division race has all the makings of a summer classic as the Rangers race for another postseason appearance and the Angels try to reassert their recent dominance of the West. And with 10 games left to be played between the two, it should be one heck of a ride. Here are nine things that would help the Rangers prevail in the tight AL West race.