These are baseball's most deceptive weeks. Bad teams play well. Good teams play poorly. The standings lie. Just not in the case of the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers have allowed the fewest runs in the major leagues.
The Rangers have scored the most runs in the major leagues.
The Rangers own the best record in the major leagues.
The Rangers are the best team in the major leagues.
All of that was true Thursday night, when their biggest offseason acquisition revealed his full potential for the first time in the major leagues. Yu Darvish put together by far his best start of the season, and he did it against a team -- the Detroit Tigers -- that ranked just behind Texas in record and batting average as the four-game set began.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was on hand to see it: 6 1/3 innings, one earned run, a 10-3 victory. He had to have the thought: That's $107 million, well spent.
"Nah," a smiling Daniels said afterward. "I'm not watching him, trying to justify the expense...