Cliff Lee may have put AL West on ice

With this guy in the fold, the AL West may be sewn up for the Texas Rangers. Getty Images

Going into the season, the Texas Rangers were in turmoil. The team's owner was bankrupt, the slow roll towards an auction was set in motion and adding salary did not seem to be an option. Most preseason indicators had the Los Angeles Angels winning the AL West -- six division titles in a row will earn you some respect.

Perhaps everyone should have noticed what a nice, young core the Rangers had put together -- Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz, among others.

Now, those same turmoil-laden Rangers have better than a 90 percent chance to make the playoffs.

Seems the only question left is: Can this be sustained?