Rangers a contender despite injuries

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is batting .321 with 23 extra-base hits this season. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

The 2014 Texas Rangers are illogical, from the inordinate number of injuries that have hit them, all the way through Friday's victory over the Indians. The Rangers have lost their first baseman (Prince Fielder), second baseman (Jurickson Profar), catcher (Geovany Soto), three of their four best starting pitchers (Matt Harrison, Martin Perez and Derek Holland), the third baseman (Kevin Kouzmanoff) who filled in for the then-injured third baseman (Adrian Beltre), and one of their primary bullpen pieces (Alexi Ogando).

In fairness, that's a partial list.

And yet as of Saturday morning, Texas is above .500 at 31-30, a distant seven games behind the Athletics but right in the mix of wild-card contenders.