The season is far from over, but with a series win against the Angels this coming weekend the Texas Rangers can start to turn an eye towards postseason play. With the way the American League is panning out, they will not have to worry too much about surprises. With the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox dominance, they have almost assured themselves a berth in the playoffs.
With both of these teams being in the American League East, it means they can't eliminate each other in the first round of the playoffs. That being said, the Rangers will not have to worry about facing the probable Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in the first round. Nor will they face the surprising Cleveland Indians or Chicago White Sox, or whoever surfaces from the crowded American League Central race.
The Rangers will continue the trend of facing the AL East in the first round which they have done every year they've made the playoffs. Choosing between the Yankees and Red Sox on who you would rather play is no easy decision. Both of these teams are loaded with offense, experience, and have two of the best bullpens in the game.
But if the Rangers absolutely had to choose, I believe they would choose the Yankees, since they provide them the best chance of advancing in the playoffs. Here are 10 reasons they would rather play the Bronx Bombers in the first round.
I'm assuming, of course, the Rangers beat out the AL Central candidate for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and have home field advantage in the first round