A.L. West Up For Grabs

It’s a three team race for 1st place in the A.L. West. The Astros currently lead the division but not by much. With only a 2.5 game lead on the Angels and a 3.0 game lead on the Rangers, the division is certainly still very much for the taking. But who will take it?

Recently the Texas Rangers have been in excellent form, winning five games in a row and have put themselves right in the thick of things. About a month ago it seemed that a Wild Card berth was the only realistic possibility for Texas. But with their recent success they have a real shot at winning the division. Here are the A.L. West standings as of today:

Photo cred: Google
Photo cred: Google

But what if the Astros hang on and win the division?

The Rangers are still in a great spot to win a Wild Card berth. Here are the Wild Card standings as of today:

Photo cred: MLB.com
Photo cred: MLB.com

The Rangers are only one game back of the Orioles with about two months left of baseball. Anything can happen now!

Cole Hamels 

The Rangers haven’t gotten what they thought they were going to get from Hamels when they pulled off one of the biggest blockbuster trades of the year. He’s started in 3 games and has a record of 0-1. It’s way too soon to say this trade was a mistake because this is a trade for not only this year but next year as well. But when you trade for an ace you expect to have ace-like results. He did pitch a lot better last night and he only gave up three runs but he didn’t quite get the run support needed for a win. It’s way too early to make a definite assessment of Hamels but the Rangers will need his best from here on out if they want to make some noise this postseason.

Texas won last night with a walk-off-walk. With the bases loaded, Fernando Rodney walked Adrian Beltre and the Rangers won 4-3. The Rangers take on Seattle at Globe Life Park tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT in the second game of this three game series. Will Texas win their sixth in a row?

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