The Texas Rangers shocked the baseball world by defeating the New York Yankees in the 2010 American League Championship Series to advance to their first World Series. As the playoffs near, and the Rangers currently hold a decent lead on the Angels, they will not be sneaking up on anyone this season.
And without Cliff Lee, they might appear more vulnerable.
There is no doubting the effect Lee had on this young Rangers team from his performance on the field to his influence on the inexperienced pitchers. Cliff Lee made the Texas Rangers a World Series team.
With Lee gone, the Rangers had to rely on a questionable "ace," three unproven starters and the well-traveled Colby Lewis entering the season. Now in September, the "ace" has become a legitimate one, the unproven starters are proving capable and Colby Lewis, well, he is still there.
Even with the promising season the Rangers rotation has put together, is it enough to beat a team like the Yankees again?