Texas Rangers slide past Blue Jays

Texas Rangers 2B Rougned Odor took on Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista in a memorable bout on Sunday. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Texas Rangers 2B Rougned Odor took on Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista in a memorable bout on Sunday during the game. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers have taken care business against the Toronto Blue Jays. By winning two-out-of-three in this series, the Rangers have regained first place in the A.L. West and lead the division by a half game.

How They did It
Offense: Not bad, but not great. A total of 21 hits registered and struck out a combined 19 strikeouts. Scored 13 runs, and went 21-for-96. Prince Fielder went 0-for-10 in this series. It won’t be long until we can’t say, “It’s still early in the season,” anymore, so Fielder really needs to snap out of this slump. Same thing for Adrian Beltre.

Pitching Rotation: Very effective performance as they allowed a total of 16 hits, surrendered five runs, and struck out 13 batters. Martin Perez had a good performance when he took the mound in Game 1, but he still suffered a loss. But the important thing is he’s improving.

Bullpen: Well, they didn’t perform the way we’d expect them to, but they did well enough to hold on to win two-of-three games in this series. The bullpen allowed a total of 15 hits, surrendered eight hits, and struck out only six batters. The low number of strikeouts is what seemed to hurt the bullpen. But like I said, they played well enough to help the Rangers win two games in this three-game series.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about Matt Bush. The former #1 overall pick of the 2004 MLB Draft, who spent three years in prison for his third DUI arrest. Shortly after being released in 2015, the Rangers decided to give him a chance to revive his career by signing him to a minor-league contract.

On May 13th, about seven months since he was released from prison, the Rangers called him up from Double-A Frisco, and added him to the bullpen. As a matter of fact, this was the first time in his career that he’s been called up to the main roster.

In this series, he’s allowed no hits, no runs, and he’s struck out two batters. He came focusing on baseball, so we can say that he’s trying to put his dark past behind him. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he stepped on the field, so that’ll be a big help to him turning his life around.

The Rangers are now headed up to the Bay area in California for a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. It’s always a challenge for the Rangers when they take on the A’s. This series can be considered a must-win for them. That is, if they want to stay in first place.

Derek Holland takes the mound in Game 1. His last two starts have been terrible. Let’s hope the game goes well for him.

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