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The Texas Rangers have finally snapped their five-series losing streak. And what better team to do it against than the defending World Series champs, the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers are currently sitting with a 2.5 game lead for first place, but with the Astros keep drawing closer and closer. The Rangers need to keep winning to keep Houston away. Here’s an interesting nugget: The Rangers went six weeks with losing back to back games earlier in the season, then went four without winning consecutive games. That
Performance against Kansas City
Offense: Registered a total of 24 hits, scored nine runs, and were struck a combined total of 20 times. Overall, this was a better than expected performance against a team with very solid starting pitching. It seems that even without Shin Soo-Choo and Prince Fielder, the offense still played hard and didn’t let any negativity get in their way.
Rotation: Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, and A.J. Griffin were the starting pitchers against the Royals. They allowed a total of 16 hits, five runs, and struck out 18 batters. Darvish pitched 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out 11 batters. Despite the amazing start, Darvish fell to 2-2, as the Rangers came up short. Hamels went 5.1 innings, and allowed five hits, surrendered one unearned run, and retired four batters. The Rangers went on to win, giving Hamels his eleventh win. Griffin once again pitched only 5.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering one run, and retiring three batters. The Rangers went on to win, but Griffin earned a no-decision. Overall, a very promising performance for the rotation.
Bullpen: Allowed a total of eight hits, surrendered just three runs, and retired eight batters. The only hiccup for the bullpen was when Shawn Tolleson surrendered three runs in Game 2 that saw the Rangers nearly blow a 7-1 lead going into the ninth inning. However, Sam Dyson ended up saving the day as the Rangers held on to win 7-4. Overall, a great performance by the bullpen.
The Rangers are now headed back to Arlington for a three-game home stand against the Oakland Athletics and four with the Kansas City Royals to wrap up the week. Martin Perez will step on the mound for Texas in Game 1. The Rangers always have their issues against the A’s, but they need to find a way to win this series to keep Houston from drawing closer to them.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
7/25 vs A’s 7:05 pm
7/26 vs A’s 7:05 pm
7/27 vs A’s 7:05 pm
7/28 vs Royals 7:05 pm
7/29 vs Royals 7:05 pm
7/30 vs Royals 7:05 pm
7/31 vs Royals 2:05 pm