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Crystal ball: What will happen in May?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Before the season started, I attempted to predict the Texas Rangers' record month-by-month. But that was simply my opinion based on what was happening in spring training and around the league. Predicting games months ahead of time is clearly difficult. Heck, picking the day of the game is hard enough.

But it's also fun to see what we got right and what we got wrong. And we're going to give you a chance to do the same. Each month, let's predict the Rangers' record, and at the end of the month, I'll recognize the fans who came the closest here on the blog. All you have to do is put your predicted record and a comment.

For April, I had the team going 13-15, which I believed would keep them right in the thick of the AL West. This team turned that record around, going 15-13, with two more wins than I expected. Considering the injuries and everything that happened this month, they've survived and stayed in range of the A's at just three games back.

What about May? Before the season started, I had the club at 15-13. My thinking then (as written in this story prior to the season) was this:

The Rangers play some teams that should yield series wins for Texas -- the Astros, Blue Jays and Twins. They should also start getting some pitchers back, which will help.

The month includes road games against two AL West teams -- the Angels and Astros -- and four games each at Detroit and Minnesota. Texas faces Colorado for a quick two-game series and Washington for three games, though the final one is June 1.

The club plays just 10 of its 28 games at home in the month.

Detroit has been up and down, but remains on top of the AL Central. The Twins have slipped below .500, as have the Blue Jays. The Red Sox have underachieved so far, but no one is running away with the AL East.

After watching the Rangers in April and the opponents they play, I'd boost my original win total by two. I think they go 17-11 for the month.

What do you think?