After an awful stretch that ended with an ongoing hot streak that started back in June, the Texas Rangers have found themselves back in the top spot on the ESPN MLB Power Rankings.
After their insane start to the season, it seemed the Rangers might stay in the top spot for the entire season but baseball is a game of peaks and valleys, and the Rangers hit a valley, dropping them from the top spot in favor of the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees, depending on which "expert" you asked.
Now, the Rangers are back on top for the second straight week after a great Interleague slate and two straight series wins over the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's coming out of Interleague play, which they dominated.
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The Rangers check in this week ahead of the No. 2 Yankees, who are battling their own problems with pitchers being on the disabled list as CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte are both shelved — Sabathia for the short term, and Pettitte for a longer amount of time.
The youthful, upstart Washington Nationals are in third place, followed by the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants, one of the teams the Rangers took an Interleague series from.
With the upcoming schedule, with the exception of this week's road series against the first-place Chicago White Sox, the Rangers should be able to stay at the top for the time being.