Texas Rangers Handle Tribe

Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland was all smiles after getting back in the win column. Photo Courtesy: Derek Holland
Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland was all smiles after getting back in the win column.
Photo Courtesy: Derek Holland

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers went into Cleveland to take on the Indians. The Rangers ended up doing exactly what I expected them to do. They won the series, and they’ve now won four series in a row. They’re in first place, though they’re only a half game ahead of Seattle.

How the Rangers Did it…
Offense: Registered 30 hits, scored 20 runs, and were struck out a combined 19 times. A respectable performance for the offense, but Prince Fielder went 1-for-12 in this series, and he’s at 37-for-195 with 28 RBIs and a batting average of .190 for the season. Adrian Beltre went 5-for-14, and he stands at 56-for-201 so far this season. Beltre seems to be going on and off, but Fielder is still trying to fight out of his slump. All we can do is pray.

Pitching Rotation: Allowed a total of 14 hits, surrendered just four runs, but struck out just nine batters. Derek Holland finally returned to the win column, Colby Lewis became 5-0, and Cole Hamels pitched well but ended up getting a no-decision. So overall a very respectable series for the starting pitching.

Bullpen: Allowed a total of 15 hits, surrendered six runs, and struck out just seven batters. Not a bad performance by the bullpen. Though I think allowing 15 hits seems a little to high, but they helped the Rangers win the series, so I can’t really throw them under the bus.

The Rangers are now headed back home to Arlington. They will take on the Seattle Mariners. This is a must-win situation for the Rangers. They want to win this series if they want to stay in first place in the A.L. West. Since they’re only a half game ahead, a sweep would put them 3.5 games ahead.

Yu Darvish is on the mound for Game 1. He did great in first start in over a year earlier this week against Pittsburgh. Hopefully, he’ll have another great night.

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