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The Texas Rangers needed to win just one more series at home to break a franchise record and that’s exactly what they did? And the best part is that it was against the Houston Astros! The Rangers are sitting in first place and they’re 3.5 games ahead of the second-place Mariners. So far so good for the Rangers and they’re 9-1 against Houston this year!
How the Rangers did it…
Offense: Registered a total of 40 hits, scored 16 runs, and were struck out a combined total of 31 times. The offense was able to combat the tough Astros bullpen that came into this series as the best in the league as most of the runs were scored late in the games. Unfortunately, Prince Fielder is still in a slump, but he did homer in Game 4 of the series, which resulted in a Rangers victory. Like I’ve said before, all we can do is pray because the Rangers have played 70 games, and we can no longer say, “It’s still early in the season.” Beltre suffered a hamstring injury and it’s been said to be just a mild sprain. I think that Beltre should sit the next series or so. The Rangers don’t want Beltre to end up getting injured seriously and out for an extended period of time.
Pitching Rotation: The rotation allowed a total of 16 hits, surrendered nine runs, and struck out 17 batters. Colby Lewis, Cole Hamels, and Yu Darvish all ended up with no-decisions, but they pitched well. Darvish did appear to be feeling soreness in his right shoulder, but nothing serious as he was able to warm up with teammates, but giving him extra rest is the best way to go for him. Martin Perez is now 5-4, and he’s been playing great.
Bullpen: Allowed 11 hits, surrendered five runs, and struck out 17 batters. Shawn Tolleson who a few weeks ago fell apart and lost his duty as a reliever began to improve when he pitched one inning in Game 3 and allowed no hits and struck out two. Everything else is going good in the bullpen.
The Rangers are now on their way to Seattle. The Rangers want to win this series so they can be at least 5.5 games ahead. Derek Holland will be on the mound for Game 1.
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