Rangers Taking Care of Business

Rangers SS Elvis Andrus is off to a hot start and once again the trade rumors begin. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
Rangers SS Elvis Andrus is off to a hot start and once again the trade rumors begin.
Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers are back on the series-winning column after taking two games of three against the New York Yankees. The Rangers are now 12-10 are have reclaimed first place in the A.L. West Standings.

How They Got the Job Done
Offense: Not bad. Scored only 14 runs, but it was enough to win the series. They registered a total of 21 hits, and were struck out 16 times. It is better when you register more hits than strikeouts, but in the game of baseball, there’s time when you strike out more than you hit, and sometimes you still get the win, but in the Rangers’ case, registering more hits than strikeouts paves the way to a victory. In Game 1, they only registered three hits, and were struck out seven times, which led to a 3-1 defeat. In Game 2, they registered 13 hits and were struck out three times, which gave them a respectable 10-1 win. Now as far as Game 3 goes, it was different, as they registered five hits and were struck out six times, but came out on top 3-2. Yes, that’ll happen, too. Remember on Opening Day when the Rangers won despite getting only one hit? That’s the art of baseball. There’s mysterious ways to pull off victories. Prince Fielder went to 2-for-7 in this series, and he’s now 15-for-79 for this year, though he leads the team in RBIs. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre so far have a combined total of 49 hits in 154 at bats. Surprisingly, Elvis Andrus has a .343 batting average, which is the highest, and he’s the only batter that’s registered a triple, and he’s got three so far this season. Overall, the offense has registered 181 hits in 724 at bats, which means that they’ve registered hits 25 percent of the time they’re on base, and that isn’t good. So the offense has much to improve.

Starting Rotation: I liked what I saw from the starting rotation. They allowed a total of 19 hits, surrendered just six runs, and struck out 13 batters. Cole Hamels was originally the starting pitcher for Game 1, but he was scratched due to sore groin, and was replaced by Cesar Ramos. Ramos didn’t do too bad, allowing nine hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out five batters in six innings. A.J. Griffin was outstanding. He allowed just four hits, surrendered one run, and struck out five batters, and he’s 3-0. Martin Perez finally earned his first win of the season after a good performance in Game 3, when he allowed six hits, surrendered two runs, and struck out three batters.

Bullpen: The bullpen was amazing. They allowed just four hits, surrendered no runs, and struck out six batters. Shawn Tolleson now has seven saves for the season, and Jake Diekman has six holds. Phil Klein has done a good job since taking over for Keone Kela. Klein has allowed just two hits, surrendered no runs, and has struck out nine batters since being called up from AAA Round Rock. The bullpen is highly skilled and talented.

Overall, the Rangers pitching (Starting and Bullpen) have allowed a total of 181 hits, surrendered 82 runs, and have struck out 151 batters. The total ERA is 3.75. Derek Holland, Cole Hamels, and A.J. Griffin have a combined 8-1 record, and they’ve allowed a total of 55 hits, surrendered 22 runs, and struck out 57 batters combined.

Friday night they will begin a three-game series against their A.L West rivals Los Angeles Angels. Colby Lewis will take the mound for the Rangers and he will square off against Hector Santiago. The Rangers want to continue winning so they can stay in first place.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
4/29   vs Angels        7:05 pm
4/30   vs Angels        7:05 pm
5/1      vs Angels       2:05 pm