Rangers Take Care of the Pirates

The addition of Yu Darvish to the starting rotation will make the Rangers that much better. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
The addition of Yu Darvish to the starting rotation will make the Rangers that much better.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers handled their business with the Pittsburgh Pirates at home this past weekend. They’ve won three series in a row, and they’ve won eight home series in a row, which hasn’t been done in Texas since 1993. The Ranges are back in first place, but they’re only ahead by a half-game. So they’ll need to keep the series-winning streak alive.

How the Rangers did it…
Offense: Registered a total of 27 hits, scored 12 runs, and were struck out a combined 17 times. Overall, the offense went 27-for-99. Prince Fielder went 3-for-12 and finally ended his 34-game drought without a homer. He’s still in a bit of a slump. Adrian Beltre homered twice in this series and went 4-for-10. Mitch Moreland blasted a three-run homer in Game 3. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Mitch do that! Jurickson Profar returned to the lineup for the first time in more than two years and went 5-for-13. He is filling in for Rougned Odor, who is currently serving a suspension for punching Jose Bautista during an altercation during the last game of the regular series match up against Toronto.

Pitching Rotation: Allowed a total of 18 hits, surrendered 10 runs, but striking out only 15 batters. It was great to see Yu Darvish return to the mound for the first time since August 2014. He allowed only three hits, surrendered one run, and struck out seven. Unfortunately, Cole Hamels’ eight game winning streak came to an end on Friday after he allowed eight hits, surrendered six runs, and struck out five. Martin Perez continues to rebuild after he allowed seven hits, surrendered just two runs, but struck out only three. Now that Yu is back on the main roster, the question is who will be moved to the bullpen. No official decision has been made yet. As far as Hamels, well he can’t win them all. The Rangers should allow him to rest to avoid injury.

Bullpen: Allowed a total of 10 hits, surrendered just four runs, and struck out 11 batters. The bullpen is honestly better than they look. They managed to secure the wins for the Rangers in the last three series.

Tonight the Rangers are in Cleveland for a three-game series against the Tribe. Derek Holland is on the mound for Texas. Let’s hope he can snap out of it and win it for the Rangers.

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