Texas Rangers on Top of the West

Colby Lewis and the Rangers starting rotation are holding down the fort until Yu Darvish returns. Photo Courtesy: Joe Lorenzini
Colby Lewis and the starting rotation are holding down the fort until Yu Darvish returns.
Photo Courtesy: Joe Lorenzini

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

It looks like the Texas Rangers have won their second consecutive series and their first series at home. The Rangers now are 7-6 and currently sitting in first place in the A.L. West standings.  This was originally a four-game series, but game four was postponed due to bad weather in Arlington. The game has been rescheduled for June 20.

Here’s how the Rangers won this series

Offense: During this series, the Rangers registered a total of 30 hits and were struck out a total of 20 times. In their previous series against the Mariners, the offense had a total of 32 hits and were struck out 29 times. So there’s been a little bit of improvement in the comparison of hits and strikeouts. Though in this series, the Rangers offense only homered once, and they’re now sitting with just eight for the season. Prince Fielder went 1-for-12 and Adrian Beltre went 2-for-7 in this series. Yes, it is still early in this season, but they need to find their groove and they need to do it now.

Starting Pitching Rotation: Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, and Colby Lewis allowed a combined 23 hits, surrendered ten runs, and struck out 17 batters. I really liked what I saw from these three pitchers. Though they all received no decisions in their starts, they had decent performances.

Bullpen: Allowed a total of nine hits, surrendered eight runs, and struck out eight batters. In Games 1 and 3, the bullpen shut down the Orioles offense. The bullpen had a bad night in Game 2, and it was only then when they surrendered runs, as the pitched shutouts in the other two. Throughout this season, there will be times where the bullpen will not have a good night, but as long as they keep it together, and do what they do best and that is NEVER EVER QUIT, they will be fine.

If the entire team never ever quits, they’ll be fine.

Let me take a moment to talk about recently called up Minor League Prospect Nomar Mazara. He was promoted to the roster on April 10 after Shin-Soo Choo was injured and has been outstanding. Since his promotion, he’s registered twelve hits, five RBIs, scored five runs, and homered once. His batting average is .444. So far he’s doing great, and I think he’s got a future with the Texas Rangers organization.

The Rangers will have Monday off. On Tuesday they will begin a three-game series with their in-state rivals the Houston Astros. Derek Holland will be on the mound for the Rangers and the team will look to stay in the win column.

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4/20   vs Astros        7:05 pm
4/21   vs Astros        7:05 pm
4/22   @White Sox   7:10 pm
4/23   @White Sox   1:10 pm
4/24   @White Sox   1:10 pm