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The Rangers will need their rotation to step up if they want to make noise in the postseason.
It’s surprising to see the defending American League Champions sitting at sixth in the power rankings, but right now the Rangers should just be concerned with holding off the Los Angeles Angels for the AL West crown. The Rangers also rank sixth in Team StatRank with an 89.3.
While Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton have both battled injuries this season, offense has not been the issue, currently ranking third or better in batting average, hits, runs, RBIs, home runs and doubles in the MLB. The subject to many offseason trade rumors, Michael Young has proven to be the most consistent hitter for the Rangers this season, currently leading the team in RBIs and Batting Average.
The starting rotation resembles the 2010 rotation only somewhat, with C.J Wilson picking up where he left off from a year ago and Colby Lewis occasionally showing flashes of his 2010 form. Alexi Ogando and Matt Harrison can be dominate at times, but, as the season winds down, both have shown signs of wear.
If the rotation can hold until the seventh inning, the Rangers have one of the game's most dominant bullpens with Mike Adams (acquired from San Diego) and Koji Uehara (acquired from Baltimore) setting up the ninth inning for flame-thrower Neftali Feliz. If Feliz stumbles, both Adams and Uehara have what it takes to take the ball in the ninth.
With plenty of offensive firepower, a dominant bullpen and the experience of being a year removed from a World Series appearance, this is a team that can make up for its struggles in the regular season come playoff time.