The Texas Rangers have earned a spot in the World Series for the second year in a row.
ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick wrote that the Rangers franchise "seems to be doing everything right," as the team has repeated as American League champions. The Rangers won the AL Championship Series in six games, beating the Detroit Tigers 15-5 on Saturday night.
Texas has built a team that many expect to be a strong contender for years to come.
The Rangers have won consecutive AL championships with a relatively low budget. But in the coming years, Texas will be able to compete financially for top free agents thanks to a new television deal with Fox Sports Southwest that would bring the team an additional $80 million a year, according to the Dallas Morning News.
For now, the Rangers face the St. Louis Cardinals, an unlikely playoff team, in the World Series. The underdog Cardinals have home-field advantage. New York magazine described the concept of using the All-Star game to decide home-field advantage in the World Series as "silly." Still, Game 1 will be played at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in St. Louis.