As a Houston Astros fan, I am acutely aware of the power shift that is happening in the state of Texas. For years, the Rangers were second class citizens. The Astros were the more successful team at the gate, they were the more successful team in the amount of publicity they got and they were the most successful team on the field.
Moreover, you can always tell which franchise is winning the turf war by going to Central Texas. Austin and San Antonio are the third and fourth biggest cities in the state of Texas. They also happen to be just as close to Houston as they are to Dallas. So, seeing who the locals follow and who the media outlets cover gives you an idea of where things are at.
In the past few seasons, the Rangers have wrestled control away from the Astros through a series of smart moves (and dumb moves on the other side). Some of it is fate and some of it is out of the hands of either team. Yet, here are the reasons why the Rangers are now on top.