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The Texas Rangers wrapped up their sweeping of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The Rangers are now 8.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros. The Rangers have won 17 series at home and they’ve swept Seattle twice at home this season. They’re series-winning streak is at two, they’re 6-1 in their last seven games, 45-21 at home, and 80-54 overall.
Let’s take a look at their performance
Offense: Registered 35 runs, scored 28 runs, homered nine times, and struck out 20 times. Rougned Odor blasted three homers in this series, including a game-winning two-run homer in game two. Odor now has 27 homers for the season. In game one, Adrian Beltre registered his 584th double and he’s now tied for 20th all-time. He trails former Ranger Raphael Palmeiro for 19th all-time. Beltre also reached the 25-homers level for the ninth time in his career when he blasted a two-run homer on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Carlos Gomez ended his 0-for-18 skid with two hits, one of which was a run-scoring single. On Wednesday, he blasted a grand slam homer off of Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez. The Rangers offense now has five grand slams for the year, which makes them of six teams tied for second in grand slams this year. Overall, the offense had an amazing performance. They’re currently seventh in the league in hits, sixth in homers, and eighth in runs scored.
Rotation: Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, and Martin Perez were the pitchers for this series. Darvish went 6.2 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out nine batters. He went on to earn his fifth win of the season, and is on a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2014. He’s also now 5-0 at home this season. Hamels went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits, surrendering six runs, and striking out four. Hamels started the night out very well, but then he began allowing walks that allowed Seattle to come back from a 4-0 deficit to make it 6-4. Lucky for him, the Rangers rallied back and won the game, so he didn’t suffer a loss. Instead, he got a no-decision. Martin Perez went 6.0 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out four. He held Seattle hit less for eight-at-bats in the position to score. Perez’s two-game losing streak has snapped. Perez also leads the majors in double plays with 35. Overall, the rotation was great.
Bullpen: Allowed six hits, surrendered two runs, and struck out eight. The bullpen currently ranks eighth in the league in clutch score. They’re ranked 27th in ERA’s with their current ERA being 4.71, and 29th in strike outs. Overall, the bullpen isn’t great, but they manage to do their job. In this series, their performance was great.
Tonight the Rangers will begin a three-game series against the Houston Astros. Houston is 2-11 overall and 0-6 in one-run games against Texas.
A.J. Griffin will take the mound for the Rangers tonight. He’ll look to earn his seventh win.
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