In a recent column about the long-term future of the American League West, I essentially dismissed the Texas Rangers. Which is consistent, at least, because I've been ignoring them when discussing the short-term future of the American League West, too.
Is that at all fair, though? After all, not only are the Rangers in first place today, but they're in first place on merit. They've scored more runs than both the Athletics and Angels, and they've allowed (slightly) fewer than the Angels (and not many more than the Athletics). I'm still not convinced the Rangers are for real, but it's late enough in the season that we've got to take them seriously.