Rangers sweep Astros

Texas Rangers ace Cole Hamels has a 10-0 record since being acquired last season. Photo Courtesy: Dinur
Texas Rangers ace Cole Hamels has a 10-0 record since being acquired last season.
Photo Courtesy: Dinur

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers swept their in-state rivals Houston Astros for their first series sweep of the season. As a matter of fact, the Rangers have now won three straight series, and they’re currently on a four-game winning streak. The Rangers remain in first place in the A.L. West and have a 10-6 record.

Here’s how the Rangers won this series
Pitching Rotation: Well, let’s start off by saying that the three starting pitchers from this series now have a combined record of 7-0. Derek Holland, Cole Hamels, and A.J. Griffin were amazing. They allowed a total of fourteen hits, surrendered just five runs, and struck out eighteen batters. Cole Hamels is now 10-0 in a Rangers uniform, Derek Holland is off to a better start than critics had predicted, and A.J. Griffin is showing that all the rest and rehab over the last two seasons has paid off.

Bullpen: I should mention that the bullpen went the entire series without having a poor outing. In this series, the bullpen allowed a total of eight hits, surrendered just five runs, and struck out a total of ten batters. That’s an improvement from their previous series against the Baltimore Orioles. The bullpen is definitely heading in the right direction this season. However, there is some bad news regarding the Rangers bullpen, as it has been reported that relief pitcher Keone Kela will be undergoing surgery on his elbow to remove a bone spur. The estimated time he’ll miss is said to be three months. The Rangers have called up Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock to fill in for Kela.

Offense: Another amazing series for the Rangers batting lineup. They registered a total of thirty-two hits while being struck out sixteen times. In the previous series, the offense registered thirty hits and were struck out twenty times, so they’ve shown improvement in this series. Speaking of improvement, the offense homered five times in this series, and are now at thirteen for the season.

I got to say that everything seems to be coming together for the Texas Rangers.

They’re now on their way to Chicago for a three-game series against the White Sox, which will begin tonight. Martin Perez will take the mound for the Rangers and he will look to earn his first win of the season. He’s the only starting pitcher for the Rangers who hasn’t picked up a win yet, but I feel confident that he’ll get it done against Chicago.

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4/22   @White Sox   7:10 pm
4/23   @White Sox   1:10 pm
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