I'm still trying to process the events of the past week or two.
The Rangers are in third place in the A.L. West, 4 games back of Oakland and Anaheim. If Seattle loses tonight (and they are currently down 7-1), the Rangers will be 4 games up on the M's. They'll be as close to first place as last place.
After starting the season 5-4, the Rangers went on a 2-12 run that looked like it would cost Ron Washington his job. After losing 7 in a row on the road, they came back home and split two games against Minnesota in a shaky fashion.
Then Vicente Padilla pitched a shutout in the Sunday rubber game against the Twins, and it was as if something clicked into place. Starting with that shutout, the Rangers have gone 10-3, and look like a completely different team than the one we saw most of April. And a lot more like the team we saw in the second half of last season.
I have no idea what is going on here. I don't want to get too excited, because this team could go on another 2-12 streak and have the buzzards circling again. I just don't trust this team just yet.
But I do like what I've been seeing the past couple of weeks.