This team is really starting to convince me. Two walk off wins in a row and the pitching staff continues to impress. Matt Harrison's scoreless streak ended at 22 innings, but he threw his second consecutive complete game to earn the win. Chris Davis has started using a heavier bat in order to slow down is swing and the results so far have been impressive, as Davis continues to improve his numbers. We know the HR and K's will be there, but if he can continue to improve his average he will be a valuable part of the offense.
There are no doubt holes on this team, most notably the bullpen. However, if the starting rotation can continue to pitch deep into games that weakness becomes less of a concern. However, the Rangers have had a fairly easy schedule this far into the season, but the Angels series this weekend will be a huge test. The Rangers will face John Lackey and Ervin Santana in their first starts of the year. These are two of the elite starters in the league, and the Rangers have a huge opportunity to make a statement against them. Neither starter pitched in Spring Training and will naturally have some rust to shake off. If the Rangers can take two out of three this weekend they could really solidify themselves as a legit threat this season.
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Written by Brian Hutton