Just two weeks ago the Texas Rangers were coasting along with an eight game lead over the last place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
As of today that lead has been trimmed down to 4.5 games and the Rangers now see Los Angeles in their rear view mirror.
Sure, the season is just one-third of the way through, but these games count the same today as they will in August and September.
The climb up the standings for the Angels has been done in large part to the play of Mike Trout. Touted by many to be just as good as Bryce Harper, Trout is batting .338 on the year with five home runs and nine stolen bases.
Albert Pujols has also come alive as of late. Over the last 30 days Pujols has a stat line of .278/8/25. He is still batting just .236 on the year, but there have been glimpses of his former self.
Although their lead has shrunk, Texas still leads the majors in most major offensive categories. They rank first in batting average (.286), runs batted in (294), hits (559), and are tied for second in home runs (78).
There is no reason to believe at this point that the AL West will be more than a two pony race between Texas and Los Angeles. Both teams have tremendous talent on both offense and defense that well surpasses what Oakland and Seattle have to offer.
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Joe Chacon is a Staff Writer for Operation Sports and a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.