Originally written on Baseball Musings  |  Last updated 10/15/11
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The Texas Rangers left no doubt that they are the AL pennant winners, beating Detroit 15-5. Texas knocked out 17 hits and walked eight times, going 8 for 18 with runners in scoring position and hitting two home runs. Nelson Cruz broke a single series record with six home runs. They scored 39 runs in the six games, as they proved to be an offensive power house. Despite all the scoring, no Rangers starter earned a win. Ron Washington went to the bullpen early and often, with great success. Texas may be forming a dynasty here. They have a general manager in Jon Daniels who makes good deals and seems to have done a great job developing talent. Nolan Ryan runs the team well from both a business and baseball perspective. Mike Maddux took a franchise knows for hitting, and built a pitching staff that can stand on its own. The team has a rich cash stream, so they can spend when they need to plug holes. This could be the start of a very long and successful run for the Rangers....
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