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The Texas Rangers did exactly what they needed to do in order to not only gain sole possession of first place, but to make sure that Seattle and everyone else is at least three games behind. The Rangers now sit with a 34-22 overall record and their three game lead. The only way that could have been done is with a sweep, and that’s exactly what Texas did! They’re now on a five-game series winning streak, and they’re actually on a nine-game home-series winning streak. As a matter of fact, they haven’t done that since the 1993 season, and if they can win just their next series, they’ll break their own record!
How the Rangers did it…
Offense: I loved the offense’s performance in this series. They pulled through in a very crucial moment. They registered a total of 22 hits, scored 20 runs, and were struck out a combined total of just 16 times. Prince Fielder was benched for Games 2 and 3 of this series. As hard as it is to admit, manager Jeff Banister didn’t have much of a choice. Jurickson Profar has been making an impact since being called up. Profar and Nomar Mazara are two very young talents that have promising futures in the Texas Rangers organization.
Pitching Rotation: Nothing but improvement. Yu Darvish is 2-0 and looking great. Martin Perez is continuing to improve and Derek Holland looks to be back on track. The rotation allowed a total of 18 hits, surrendered eight runs, while striking out just 13 batters. Martin Perez only struck out one batter in his start, and how often does a pitcher earn a win by just recording only one strikeout? Not very often! Overall, I was very impressed with the pitching rotation, and certainly impressed with Darvish, as he’s performed a heck of a lot better than I had anticipated.
Bullpen: Impressive. Allowed a total of five hits, surrendered just one run, and struck out just five batters. The only thing that seems to be a bit negative is the low number of strikeouts, but I can’t throw the bullpen under the bus because they allowed less than ten hits and surrendered just one run against a very dangerous Mariners offense. So the bullpen deserves a good pat-on-the-back!
The Houston Astros come to Arlington next. The Rangers are 6-0 against Houston this season. Sweeping them again would be outstanding, and it would break a winning home-series record. Colby Lewis takes the mound for the Rangers in Game 1. Let’s hope the Rangers keep the momentum going.
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