The key to the Giants Worlds Series run last season was their pitching combined with great team chemistry. The Giants pitching staff ranked fifth in the NL in team ERA, seventh in strikeouts and second in saves. The Rangers currently rank fifth in the AL in team ERA, sixth in strikeouts and third in saves.
Offensively the Giants ranked last in the NL in home runs. Actually they ranked last in all of baseball hitting a total of 103 as a team. But it was about getting on base and they could do that. They had the second fewest strikeouts in the NL and seventh most walks. Texas currently has the second fewest strikeouts and tenth most walks in the AL. That also goes with being fourth in home runs.
Am I declaring the Rangers the 2013 World Series victors? No. Not one bit. What I am saying is that, even with the possible loss of Nelson Cruz, this team can rely on a pitching staff that will only get better when Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison return and a strong team unity to carry them to October baseball.
I feel better already.