Rangers Claim Silver Boot Against Astros

Jonathan Lucroy is making a huge impact with his bat for the Rangers. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
Jonathan Lucroy is already making a huge impact with his bat. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers are once again in the series-win column after winning two-out-of-three against the Astros in Houston this past weekend. Their current record against Houston is 11-2 this season. They’re now seven games ahead of the now second place Mariners. But the best part about is that the Rangers made sure the Silver Boot is staying in Arlington.

Rangers Performance versus the Astros
Offense: Registered a total of 31 hits, scored eight runs, and were struck out 25 times. Overall, it wasn’t a poor performance for the offense. There’s a couple things that need to be fixed such as scoring more runs and striking out less. The amount of hits registered in the last six games is 52, which is good. But scoring just 16 runs and being struck out 51 times is something that needs to be remedied. Jonathan Lucroy homered twice in this series which was great to see. Seems like he’s beginning to feel comfortable in a Rangers uniform. Carlos Beltran suffered a quad injury in Game 2, but it didn’t seem to be too serious as he was able to pinch hit in Game 3.

Starting Rotation: Martin Perez, Lucas Harrell, and Yu Darvish were the starting pitchers. They allowed a total of 18 hits, surrendered six runs, and struck out 17 batters. Martin went 7.0 innings, allowing eight hits, surrendering five runs and striking out four. The Rangers went on to lose 5-0, thus giving Perez his fourth straight loss. Harrell went just 3.2 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering one run, and striking out five. The Rangers did emerge victorious in Game 2, but Harrell earned his first no-decision in a Rangers uniform. Darvish went 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering no runs (for the first time this season), and striking out eight, however, he also earned a no-decision. Overall, another gritty performance by the rotation.

Bullpen: Allowed a total of 12 hits, surrendered five runs, and struck out 11. There were a few mistakes by the bullpen in this series. For example in Game 3, the bullpen blew a 3-1 lead, allowing Houston to force extra innings. However Rougned Odor and Ian Desmond bailed them in the eleventh to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead, which the Rangers would hold on to for the win. In baseball, every now and then, they’ll be some hiccups in the bullpen’s performance. But the bullpen was able to stay in control in the extra innings, so they deserve credit, as well.

The Rangers are now headed to the Rocky Mountains of Denver for a quick two-game series against the Rockies. Cole Hamels will be on the mound in Game 1 for the Rangers. He’ll look to earn win reach 13 wins for the fifth time in his career. Game 2 in Colorado will have A.J. Griffin starting. Then the Rockies come to Arlington on Wednesday with Martin Perez starting. Thursday will wrap up the series as Lucas Harrell looks to bounce back. The Tigers visit Arlington on Friday for a three game set.

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8/8     @Rockies     7:40 p.m.
8/9     @Rockies     2:10 p.m.
8/10   vs Rockies    7:05 p.m.
8/11    vs Rockies   1:05 p.m.
8/12    vs Tigers      7:05 p.m.
8/13    vs Tigers      7:05 p.m.
8/14    vs Tigers      2:05 p.m.