Look away Rangers fans, an already horrible start to the season just got a lot worse. The Rangers best pitcher, Cole Hamels, will be sidelined due to an oblique strain for at least 8 weeks. Not getting him back until right before the all star break could be a fatal blow to an already struggling Rangers team. He was 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA, so he was clearly off to a nice start, not contributing to the Rangers failures whatsoever.
Without him an already shaky starting rotation gets a whole lot shakier for next two months. In a division where the Astros will be competing for 100 wins this season the Rangers can't afford lose anymore ground then they already have in the AL west. Unfortunately, now it looks like Astros will cake walk to the division title. The Rangers still have the wildcard to lean back on, although with how talented the AL has become winning a wildcard spot might be just as hard as winning the division this year.
We all know the Rangers are the comeback kids, in 2015 they mounted a crazy second half comeback to win the AL west on the last day of the season. Last year they just ran away with the division completely, the optimal method of approaching the division title race. Who knows, maybe they have more magic up their sleeves and can continue to reign supreme in the AL west. All I know right now is that they're going to have to win games the next two months without their best pitcher available. As long as they don't fall too far behind I won't rule the Rangers dead just yet.