Rangers Split Series in New York

Rangers DH Prince Fielder has driven in 40 runs and perhaps is gearing up for a second-half surge. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Prince Fielder has driven in 40 runs and could be gearing up for a second-half surge.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

 

Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!
Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers split their series against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. They’re now 8.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros. The Rangers are on a two-game losing streak. The Rangers have passed the 50-win mark and they need to keep winning series. I believe they can reach the century mark in wins this season which is always a feat in itself.

This series started out well for the Rangers after they went ahead and earned victories in the first two games. Game 3 started out great for the Rangers until they collapsed in the ninth inning and blew a four-run lead and lost 9-7. Game 4 just didn’t finish the Rangers way as they lost 2-1.

The offense had a bit of an up-and-down series. First of all, the offense was struck out a combined total of 39 times in this series! 16 times in Game 4. That does NOT pave the way to a series victory. They did register a total of 33 hits and scored a total of 24 runs. The number of strikeouts does need to decrease, however. Prince Fielder went 5-for-14 in this series and he’s still trying to crawl out of his slump. However, we’re at the point to where we can’t say, “it’s still early in the season,” anymore since the 2016 MLB All-Star Game is less than two weeks away.

The starting rotation was okay in this series. Cole Hamels improved to 9-1. The three other starting pitchers only pitched five innings each and they all received no decisions. The Rangers are taking it very easy on A.J. Griffin, which is smart.

The bullpen had no problems in the first two games. However in Game 3 it all went downhill as they allowed the Yankees to score six runs in the ninth inning which cost the Rangers the win. But bullpens will have some good and bad games. They just need to keep their heads up, practice hard, and be ready for the next series.

The Rangers are now headed to Minnesota for a three-game series against the Twins. The Twins are a  struggling team and the Rangers need to take advantage of it.

Martin Perez will take the mound for the Rangers in Game 1. He’s on a six-game winning streak and he’ll be looking to make it seven.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
7/1      @Twins        7:10 pm
7/2      @Twins        1:10 pm
7/3      @Twins        1:10 pm