Texas Rangers: 4 Reasons They Will Make a Return Trip to the ALCS

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Texas Rangers: 4 Reasons They Will Make a Return Trip to the ALCS
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In 2010 the Texas Rangers shocked the baseball world by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees to advance to their first World Series in franchise history. Riding the hot pitching of Cliff Lee, the bat of Josh Hamilton and even some claws and antlers, the Rangers became American League champions and instilled a winning attitude in Arlington, Texas.

In 2011 the Texas Rangers are actually on pace to finish better than that historic 2010 team, and that's without Cliff Lee. With the recent domination of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Texas Rangers have opened up one of the largest divisional leads in baseball and have their sights firmly set on the playoff horizon.

Texas, along with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, have the best records in the American League and seem virtual locks to have post-season berths. If the playoffs did start today, regardless of who wins the AL Central, the Rangers would play the Boston Red Sox in the first round, but with only a half-game separating Boston and New York that's still a toss-up.

So why should you believe the Rangers can pull off another upset of the AL East superpowers?

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