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The Texas Rangers have fallen back to the series-lose column due to coming up short against the Athletics. They remain 2.5 games ahead of Houston, and sit with a 58-42 overall record, 30-17 at home, and 12-2-1 in series at home. The only reason their still ahead is because Houston lost their series against the Yankees.
Rangers Series Performance
Offense: Registered a total of 30 hits, scored 14 runs, and were struck out 34 times. Overall, not a bad performance, but there is much work to be done. In the last six games, they’ve been struck out a 54 times and they’ve scored only 23 runs. They need to fix that. Unfortunately, the offense will have to finish the season without Prince Fielder as he will be undergoing surgery on Friday to repair a herniated disc in his neck. Fielder has finished 2016 with a .212 batting average, eight homers, and 44 RBI’s. Perhaps his neck injury is the reason he was unable to play well this season. Joey Gallo was called up from AAA to replace Fielder.
Rotation: Martin Perez, Nick Martinez, and Yu Darvish were the starting pitchers. They allowed a total of 19 hits, surrendered 12 runs, and struck out 11 batters. Perez went 6.0 innings, allowing nine hits, surrendering five runs while striking out three batters. Martinez pitched 4.0 innings, allowed six hits, surrendered five runs, and struck out two batters. Darvish also went 6.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering just two runs and striking out six. However, the Rangers came up short and lost the game. Darvish remains 1-8 against Oakland. Overall, the rotation had an average performance. They’re seriously lacking the ability to strike out batters.
Bullpen: Allowed a total of 12 hits, surrendered six runs, and struck out only five. The bullpen came up short in Game 3 when Matt Bush surrendered four runs which allowed Oakland to take a 6-3 lead in the eighth inning. Other than that, the bullpen’s performance was okay. However, they’re also lacking the ability to strike out batters.
On July 28, the Rangers acquired starting pitcher Lucas Harrrell and reliever Dario Alvarez from the Atlanta Braves. Harrell is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA. He’s allowed 25 hits, surrendered 13 runs, and struck out 21 batters this season in five games. He’s scheduled to take the mound this Sunday. He’s only pitched 15 innings this season, allowing 11 hits, surrendering five runs, and striking out 28 batters. He has a 3.00 ERA. Alvarez may have a good run in a Ranger uniform.
The Rangers will welcome the defending World Series Champions Kansas City Royals tonight. Cole Hamels will take the mound and will look to earn his twelfth win.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
7/28 vs Royals 7:05 pm
7/29 vs Royals 7:05 pm
7/30 vs Royals 7:05 pm
7/31 vs Royals 2:05 pm