Just the start of the Astros-Rangers rivalry?

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(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

Last week, the Texas Rangers swept the Houston Astros and extended their Lone Star Series record to 12-4. Now, this outcome makes it seem like the Rangers are far superior to the Astros, and for many years that was the case. However, this young Houston team has been showing unwavering potential in recent years.

While the Astros have started off the season with an unimpressive start (a 6-15 record), there is still plenty of time for them to find their groove. What the Astros are currently lacking is experience, yet their roster is filled with plenty of promising talent. Last season alone, Dallas Keuchel received the Cy Young Award and Carlos Correa won Rookie of the Year. Case and point.

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What used to be a cross-league rivalry became a division rivalry when the Astros joined the American League West division in 2013. Both of these Texas teams have made huge improvements in recent years, which is making this rivalry even hotter. Last year, both the Astros and the Rangers made it to the playoffs, with both teams making exits in the quarterfinals. At this point, fans are just dying to see an Astros-Rangers series in the semifinals. And this could be the year.

With one series down, what will the rest of 2016 bring for this budding rivalry?

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