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Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2011 1:20 am

By Evan Brunell

ARLINGTON, Texas -- At this point, how can anyone pick against the Rangers to win the World Series?

It doesn't even matter whether St. Louis or Milwaukee comes away with a victory in the NLCS, because no one can stop the runaway train that is Texas. The Rangers' offense was in rare form during the ALCS, paced by Nelson Cruz's awe-inspiring feats. Even Michael Young, who couldn't hit his way out of a brown paper bag all postseason, got in on the fun in Games 5 and 6. Even with Milwaukee and St. Louis both gaining the ability to use a DH (but only the Cardinals benefiting from it, able to slot Allen Craig in the lineup), neither team can hope to out-slug the Rangers, who have Cruz batting No. 7, for crying out loud.

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Texas also has sensational defense and while its starting pitching wasn't quite up to snuff, the bullpen more than made up for the lack of any dominant performance by the rotation. When skipper Ron Washington can wave a wand and roll out Scott Feldman, Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver, Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz in relief, who cares if the starting pitcher can't go six strong? In addition, if the NLCS has shown anything, it's that the Cards and Brewers have their own problems with starting pitching. So then it becomes a battle of bullpens, and the Rangers have to be the heavy favorites there as well.

Momentum-wise, can anyone doubt that the Rangers hold the edge over whichever NLCS team advances? Not only did Texas handle Tampa Bay with relative ease, the ALCS versus Detroit seems to have come right out of Hollywood. A walkoff grand slam, a crucial throw at the plate, the bullpen coming up nails ... what more can you ask from this Rangers team to prove that they are the deepest, strongest and most confident team left in the playoffs?

Running a comparison of all three teams, the Rangers win the battle of the offense. They win the battle of pitching, too, off of their strong bullpen and the lack of any separation in the three teams' starting rotations. The fielding belongs to Texas, too. The confidence and momentum pendulum swings toward Texas as well. There is just nothing here to indicate that the Rangers aren't the heavily favored team to win the World Series, even without home-field advantage. Given the NL won the All-Star Game, that means that Texas will host Games 3, 4 and 5, and it wouldn't be surprising at all if the World Series was won in Texas.

This article has been one entire broken record. Texas this, Texas that. But there's a reason for that. For the Rangers will be left standing tall at the end as your 2011 world champions.

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Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:19 am

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

There's all the obvious stats that point toward a Rangers title.  For me, the x-factor lies in the fact the Rangers are playing with a chip on their shoulder after getting close and eventually losing last year.  That hunger should be the big motivator and that is said with no slight toward the Cardinals.  Just feels like the Rangers year!

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 7:36 pm

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

The Rangers are 21-5 since September 13.  I believe the Cardinals were 17-8 in that same span.  The Cards have definitely been a hot team, but Texas, record-wise, has been hotter.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 5:23 pm

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

I'm going to disagree the Rangers aren't the hottest team right now the Cardinals have never cooled off from their hot streak and are still rolling. It will be a great matchup as tonight I look to see the Cardinals joining the Rangers in the WS.

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 2:47 pm

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

I think the Rangers will win too, but Wison must get back on track and Holland needs to get a little deeper in the games.  Everything else is on track for a WS victory.  <br />

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 2:37 pm

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series



Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 12:53 pm

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

Hate to break it to you but the Rangers are the hottest team in baseball.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:35 am

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series


Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:27 am

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

Well, we know one thing is certain: the Detroit Tigers will not win the World Series. As the Rangers fans learned with Cliff Lee last season, the Tigers fans found out that one ace starter is not going to carry your team to the promised land.

You cannot possibly expect one guy to be able to patch over the entire team's batting, fielding and pitching inconsistencies. Please point out any championship team in the last two decades that pulled that one off.

Texas is firing on pretty much all cylinders right now. They're not unbeatable, but they definitely have momentum going into the fall classic.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 8:14 am

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

Probably 'cause they're the only one in so far (?) Thx. for stating the obvious. Sh*t happens, especially in the postseason.  Look at all of the "oblique" injuries, for instance.  WTF?  Clear team?  Good luck, pal.....that's why they play the game!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 7:44 am

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series

Favored by WHOM?  EVERYONE said the Giants would win last year.  Rangers were only favored by homers.

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