World Series 2011: 6 Keys for the Texas Rangers to Win

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World Series 2011: 6 Keys for the Texas Rangers to Win
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There's probably no one that put money down, preseason, on a 2011 World Series showdown between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals lost their ace, Adam Wainwright, for the entire season before a single pitch had been thrown last season.

The Texas Rangers lost their ace too, but not to injury—they lost Cliff Lee to Philadelphia.  And yet, the Texas Rangers somehow became a better team without Lee.  

Sure, the acquisitions of Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli were huge, but Alexi Ogando's emergence as a frontline starter as well as the maturation of Derek Holland and Matt Harrison, were equally important.

And as for the Cardinals, well they were 8.5 games out of the NL Wild Card race on September 2, and still somehow made it to the postseason.

This article is about the Texas Rangers, however, and fives keys for them to take it to the next level—that of a World Series champion.

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