Found August 30, 2013 on
This article might be one worth saving. The Babe is pointing his bat towards the horizon now: The Texas Rangers will hold this lead and win the pennate. Want to know why? Let’s look back at this month of August!
For starters, the Rangers went 18-6 on the month. Talk about some W’s! They also were 13-3 on the road which is exceptional. It is tough to win on the road, but the Rangers made it look easy. Even the away games they lost they didn’t lose by much ( 2-4 vs the A’s, 2-3 vs the White Sox, and 2-5 vs the White Sox).
Key players in the Rangers playoff push
Adrian Beltre: This guy is playing like an MVP out there. Over the last fourteen days he’s hitting a whopping .405 with 3 home runs. I wrote earlier about how the Rangers were going to need to boost their power numbers to make up for the loss of Nelson Cruz; Beltre has answered the call. He is the only player keeping my fantasy team afloat this week!
Lance Berkman: Berkman is set to return from the DL on September 1st and will hopefully add even more power to this Texas lineup. We haven’t seen the same numbers we have grown accustomed to from Lance, but he still has it. A lot of players have a quick spurt of power right when they come back from the DL so hopefully we have that in store for us.
Just as important as the reason why the Rangers WILL win the pennant here is a list of reason why each one of the other teams in the AL West WILL NOT.
Oakland Athletics: The A’s have started to slide after a fantastic first half of the season. They went 12-13 in August. That is less than stellar. Granted, Bartolo Colon just returned from his 15 day DL stint and will hope to retake control of the hill. However, the A’s have been generally unable to close the deal. Josh Donaldson is having a weak second half after ripping the cover off of the ball earlier. Balfour has not seen the ball as much as he did earlier in the season as well and just blew a three run lead vs the Tigers.
Seattle Mariners: They can’t get runs on the board. I was actually just in Seattle this weekend and was able to catch a game over at Safeco and I have to say it was probably the most boring baseball game I’ve ever seen. All due respect to the city of Seattle and the M’s loyal fans, but their lineup is terrible. I was never excited to see them hit because all of their players are such no-names. Any lineup that has Kyle Seager as their big slugger needs to be critically reevaluated.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (south of Cucamonga): We already swept them this month. The Astros also took a series from them in the middle of the month. It’s a slap to the face anytime you lose a game (let alone a series) to Houston.
Houston Astros: 33 1/2 games out of first place. Enough said.
So keep your eyes peeled ladies and gentlemen; The Playoffs lie ahead!
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