2012 Texas Rangers: The Best MLB Team Ever?By Ryan Lawrence on April 20, 2012 with 0 Comments
Out to an 11-2 start that has them seven games ahead of the heavy-spending Los Angeles Angels, the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers look far-and-away better than any other AL or NL contender. Currently in the midst of a 6-game road winning streak that saw them dominate a formidable Detroit Tigers team which currently holds the second best record in the AL, the Rangers are the only team to have successfully combined pitching, speed, power and average. After 13 games, it looks as if this team has few if any weaknesses, which has many wondering if Texas can make a run at the MLB all-time single season win mark of 116.
Over the past two years, the Rangers have leaned heavily on offensive production; however, these days, it’s the pitching that’s carrying the team. Colby Lewis now looks like a legitimate ace; Matt Harrison and Derek Holland have emerged as consistent performers; and Yu Darvish and Neftalí Feliz have combined to create the most dominant 4 and 5 starter combination in the league. Currently, Texas starters are 9-0 with an average ERA well under 3. What’s more, the bullpen looks as strong as ever, thanks to Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams and a host of other talented young arms.
The previous two seasons, the Rangers faced all sorts of injury concerns that caused them to struggle at different points during the regular season. This year, they are enjoying good health throughout the lineup. The team has looked dominant in nearly every game it’s played; and the two losses Texas endured came in games it probably should have won.
What Can Stop Them?
If the Rangers have one weakness, it may actually be in the bullpen. Closer Joe Nathan has looked wobbly at times; however, the team could easily replace him with Ogando or Adams if need be. That said, if there’s anything that can stop Texas from making a run at the best all-time MLB regular season record, it may be Texas, itself. The hot climate can have a tiring effect on players and could lead to some bad stints at certain points throughout the summer.
All things considered, however, this club looks to have all the parts necessary to have a chance to win every game it plays all season long.