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The Texas Rangers came up short in their series against the Detroit Tigers. They’ve dropped their A.L. West lead to 5.5 games ahead of the second place Mariners.
Let’s Take a Look at Their Performance
Offense: Registered a total of 20 hits, scored eight runs, homered three times, and were struck out 20 times. For the first time this season, the offense failed to score in back-to-back games. In Game 1 Jonathan Lucroy homered for the sixth time in a ten-game span and Mitch Moreland had his 20th homer of the season. Lucroy and Adrian Beltre both had three hits each in Friday night’s win. Rougned Odor went 1-for-11 this weekend with five strikeouts. In the last 21 innings, the Rangers have had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Rangers went into Game 2 homering in 12 consecutive home games, but the streak ended as the Rangers were shut out. Overall, not a very good performance.
Rotation: Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, and A.J. Griffin were the starting pitchers. Darvish went 6.2 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering four runs, and striking out five, thus earning his first win since early June. He is now 6-0 in his career against Detroit. Hamels pitched 7.0 innings, allowing a season-high of 14 hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out five, but he suffered a second consecutive loss for the first time this season. Griffin went 6.2 innings, allowing a career-high of 11 hits, surrendering six runs, and striking out eight batters. Unfortunately for Griffin, he set a club record of allowing a homer in ten consecutive games.
Bullpen: Allowed four hits, surrendered two runs, and struck out four. Closer Sam Dyson earned his 26th save in Game 1. Reliever Alex Claudio’s streak of 10 1/3 shutout innings was snapped on Sunday when Miguel Cabrera homered off him. Keone Kela continued to impress when he pitched two innings in Game 2, not allowing a run or hit, and striking out three. Kela has only allowed two hits, surrendered three runs, and struck out five this month. Kela has been making very good progress since returning from injury in July. Overall, the bullpen was great.
Tonight, the Oakland Athletics are in town. They lead the season series against Texas 6-4, but they’ve gone 5-11 since they won a series in Arlington last month. In their last 16 games, the A’s bullpen has gone 4-10 with a 6.34 ERA. But the A’s have scored an average of 6.3 runs per game and have homered 16 times against Texas this season. So the Rangers need to be ready.
Tonight Martin Perez takes the mound. He’s looking to snap a four-game losing streak.
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8/19 @Rays 6:10 p.m.
8/20 @Rays 5:10 p.m.
8/21 @Rays 12:10 p.m.