The Texas Rangers should be all set for another AL West Division title. Yet the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue to hang around. And the Rangers haven't been able to recapture the magic they so easily conjured during their 12-game winning streak last month.
Ace C.J. Wilson, prior to Saturday night's no-decision, struggled mightily in his previous two starts—allowing 14 hits over just seven and two-thirds combined innings pitched.
Colby Lewis has been inconsistent as well. And with news that Adrian Beltre has aggravated his ailing left hamstring during rehab, the Texas Rangers might not be able to put their stretch run on cruise control just yet.
Closer Neftali Feliz has once again gone back to throwing nothing but fastballs. His velocity has been excellent, but it's no secret that big league hitters can adjust and hit fastballs—especially when they know it's coming.
Derek Holland, after pitching his fourth complete-game shutout of the season (at the time tying Cliff Lee for most in the MLB), failed to make out of the third inning in yet another rough start.
Despite all of the inconsistencies, injuries, and slumps, the Texas Rangers have been in first place for the majority of the season.
In the forthcoming slides, I'll highlight some moves they can make to ensure not only another AL West Division Title, but a sustainable run deep into the playoffs and possibly a second consecutive World Series berth.