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Texas Rangers off to a Blazing Start

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The Texas Rangers are currently the best team in baseball in terms of pure record. They are sitting at 27-14, and they are quite frankly dominating both sides of the ball.

Right now, they have scored the seventh most runs in baseball. An obvious contributor is Nelson Cruz. Even though his average is a little bit low at .264, he has clubbed 11 home runs and driven in 33 runs. Those 33 RBI rank him tied for sixth in all of Major League Baseball.

Of course, he is not alone. Adrian Beltre has driven in 26 runs and crossed the plate 26 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .302 with 20 RBI and 24 runs scored. This lineup has so much production from top to bottom that it is hard to imagine them slowing down. They seem to have adjusted to the large hole that was left by the departure of Josh Hamilton, and they have regained their position as one of the top offensive units in all of baseball.

When you combine this type of offensive production with the type of pitching staff that is ranked fifth in ERA in all of the MLB. Of course, they are the top unit in the American League. That great performance comes largely from the strong bullpen work turned in by Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross. When you combine their numbers, these two men have pitched 37.2 innings and allowed a miniscule two runs. That is flat out ridiculous, but when you put that type of bullpen behind a staff led by men like Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando, it is no surprise that the wins are piling up.

Obviously, when you put together the two most important dimensions of the game of baseball and have success in both of them, good results are going to follow. The Texas Rangers are playing great baseball right now, and it will be interesting to see if they can maintain this level of performance for the entire season. They have done it for one quarter of it already.

is a featured MLB columnist for the But The Game Is On Sports Network. He is also a senior at the University of Vermont double majoring in Business Administration and Statistics. His work also appears on Bleacher Report where he is an MLB Featured Columnist II and has received over 1 million article reads. When he is not writing, he is probably playing power soccer which is the fastest growing sport for power wheelchair users in the world.