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Are the Texas Rangers Arriving a Year Early?

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Michael Young has plenty to smile about as the Texas Rangers open a big homestand against the American League West, and for a change, it has nothing to do with offense.

My friends in the world of sports caution me constantly about expecting a playoff run from the Rangers, but I've always been a little reckless so I'm going to ignore their warnings for now.

What does a team have to display at this time of the season to be considered a true contender?

Starting pitching, strong bullpen, good defense, and of course enough bats in the lineup. I list the bats last, because the one thing Texas always has is offense. 

The other fundamentals of the game are what ...

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