The Texas Rangers’ have wrapped up their visit to the Motor City and have swept the Detroit Tigers. The Rangers came into this series down 2.5 games behind first place in the A.L. West standings. But with their three-game winning streak, they’re just a half game behind.
How the Rangers Performed Against the Tigers
Offense: Not bad. The offense registered a total of 32 hits, scored 23 runs, and were struck out a total of 17 times. The amount of strikeouts in this series decreased as they were struck out 30 times in their series against Toronto. That’s a good change and the Rangers want to keep strikeouts as low as possible. By not striking out as much, they were able to score more runs, as they only scored eight in Toronto. Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder went 3-for-25 in this series. I only hope they can find their groove soon. Bobby Wilson, who was recently reacquired by the Rangers hit a Grand Slam in Game 3 that gave the Rangers a commanding lead. This was the first Grand Slam by the Rangers since August 2014. Overall there’s a lot of work to do on offense.
Starting Rotation: Very good series for the starting rotation. Cole Hamels, A.J. Griffin, and Martin Perez allowed a combined total of just six hits, surrendered just five runs, and struck out eighteen batters. Cole Hamels had a season-high nine strikeouts in his start and he’s 4-0. Martin Perez had the kind of start we’d expect him to have, and it seems as if things are looking up for him. As far as A.J. Griffin, he only pitched 2.2 innings on Saturday, and left due to a shoulder issue. He’s been put on the 15 day disabled list, though we haven’t been given a full detail on the injury, it doesn’t look too serious. It may just be a precaution. Resting him throughout the month of May would be the smart thing to do.
Bullpen: The bullpen performed the way I expected them to. They held off the Tigers offense and helped seal the victories. The bullpen allowed a total of twelve hits, surrendered just four hits, and struck out ten batters. The bullpen pitched the majority of Game 2 after A.J. Griffin was pulled from the game and looked really good.
The Rangers now return home for a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. They were swept by the White Sox earlier this season and they need to return the favor.
Colby Lewis will take the mound for the Rangers for Game 1. He’s looking to go 3-0 and keep the Rangers on the win column.
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