I think it's behind the pay wall, but Chase Gharrity writes an interesting piece on the Rangers and the AL West and asks whether the Rangers could dominate this division for several years running. He points out that the division lead should actually be several games smaller than it is, but he also recognizes that this club has so much of its talent in place for a few years to come. His take on next season's rotation is particularly interesting.
The presence of Lewis and Wilson (through 2011) is a good start, but the backend of the rotation is questionable at best. We can confidently say that the Rangers will be getting little-to-no value from Feldman. Tommy Hunter, who will never be confused with Tommy Hanson, is probably going to see an ERA closer his SIERA in 2011 rather than the results he managed this season. Folks in the industry feel that Feliz will probably stay in the bullpen. This leaves Holland as the one other truly serviceable arm in the rotation heading into next season. If Holland can stay healthy, the Rangers essentially have a three-man starting corps heading into next season.â†µ
I will have much more to say on this topic once the season is over, but the upcoming offseason should be fascinating for this division. Seattle is in some turmoil, LA is stinging from falling from their perch, Texas can actually function again, and the A's will look to improve their lineup, presumably without spending much money.â†µ