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The Texas Rangers have jumped back into the series-win column after sweeping Kansas City. They’re now six games ahead of Houston, thanks to Houston getting swept by Detroit. The Rangers now sit with a 62-44 overall record, 34-17 in home games, and 13-2-1 in home series.
Rangers Performance Against the Royals
Offense: Registered a total of 33 hits, scored 18 runs, and were struck out 25 times. Mitch Moreland and Rougned Odor both homered a combined seven times and registered a combined 13 hits in this series. The Rangers offense has homered in 14 consecutive games and they’re ranked second in the majors in homers since the All-Star break with 28. Overall, a very good performance for the offense.
Rotation: Cole Hamels, A.J. Griffin, Martin Perez, and Lucas Harrell were the starting pitchers. They allowed a total of 17 hits, surrendered eight runs, and struck out 20 batters. Hamels went 8.0 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out a season-high of 12 batters, thus earning his twelfth win of the season. Griffin went 5.2 innings, allowing three hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out one batter, earning his first win since April. Perez went 7.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering one run, and striking five batters, the most he’s struck out since May. However, he earned another no-decision. Harrell went 6.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out two batters, earning his third win of the season, and his first in a Texas Rangers uniform. The starting rotation’s performance was very good in this series. That being said, Rangers starting pitching went 7-12 in July with a 6.51 ERA.
Bullpen: Allowed a total of five hits, surrendered one run, and struck out six batters. They were able to get through the series without any problems. A great performance by the bullpen.
The Rangers are now headed to Baltimore for a three-game series against the Orioles. The Rangers went 11-15 in July. Last year in July they went 10-14 and then went on to win 38 games to take the division title. So the Rangers have been there. If the Rangers win 38 more, they’ll reach the century mark in wins. Yu Darvish will take the mound for Game 1 against Baltimore. Hopefully, he’ll be able to earn his first win since early June.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
8/2 @Orioles 6:05 p.m.
8/3 @Orioles 6:05 p.m.
8/4 @Orioles 6:05 p.m.
8/5 @Astros 7:10 p.m.
8/6 @Astros 6:10 p.m.
8/7 @Astros 1:10 p.m.