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Rangers clinch A.L. West
- Updated: September 26, 2016
Brought to you by: Big Shucks
The Texas Rangers have wrapped up their series against the Oakland Athletics and they’ve won their second consecutive A.L. West title. For the second time in franchise history, the Rangers have won back-to-back division titles. The Rangers have six regular season games remaining. With their six remaining games being in Arlington, the Rangers will look to win their last two remaining series to have momentum going into the playoffs.
A Look at their Performance
Offense: Registered 18 hits, scored nine runs, blasted four homers, and struck out 20 times. In Game 1, Adrian Beltre blasted his 31st homer and recorded his 100th RBI this season. Beltre has his fourth 30-homer, 100 RBI season of his career. In Game 3, Beltre passed Barry Bonds for 35th all-time in hits with 2,937.
Rotation: Cole Hamels, Yu Darvish, and Colby Lewis were the starting pitchers. Hamels went 7.0 innings allowing six hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out seven. Hamels went on to earn his fifteenth win and fifth shutout this season. Darvish went 7.0 innings, allowing two hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out nine. This was Darvish’s second shutout this season and his first win since August 25. Lewis went a season-low of 1.1 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering a season-high of seven runs, and for the first time this season, he failed to strike out a pitcher. Colby has now lost four straight.
Bullpen: In Game 1, Sam Dyson earned his 36th save while Matt Bush had his 20th hold. Tanner Sheppers had only his second hold in Game 2. The bullpen allowed ten hits, surrendered no runs, and struck out seven. Derek Holland has been moved to the bullpen, and he may stay in the bullpen during the playoffs. The way things have been going for Holland lately, having him in the bullpen is the right move by manager Jeff Banister.
The Rangers are now home for a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Martin Perez will step on the mound for Game 1tonight. Perez has yet to lose this month. It’s been a roller coaster season for him. He’s 10-10 for the season. His last two starts have ended with him earning a no-decision. He will look to earn his 11th win tonight.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
9/26 vs Brewers 7:05 p.m.
9/27 vs Brewers 7:05 p.m.
9/28 vs Brewers 7:05 p.m.
9/30 vs Rays 7:05 p.m.
10/1 vs Rays 7:05 p.m.
10/2 vs Rays 2:05 p.m.