Texas Rangers: Swept by Angels

The return of CF Delino DeShields should provide some speed on the base paths for the Rangers. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
The return of CF Delino DeShields will provide some speed on the base paths for the Rangers.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!
Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers have now lost five consecutive series. Their lead in the A.L. West is now 3.5 games and the Astros are gaining ground on them. The Rangers are 1-5 post All-Star break and they need to get back in the series win column immediately if they want to stay in first place.

Rangers’ Performance against the Angels
Offense: Registered a total of 31 hits, scored 15 runs, and were struck out a total of 19 times. A much improved performance for the offense in this series, but there’s still much work to be done. Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo are both headed to the disabled list. Rumor has it that Fielder may need to undergo season-ending surgery on his neck. Choo has been reported to be experiencing lower back pain, and it’s unsure how long he’ll be out. This’ll be his third time to be on the DL this season. With Choo and Fielder out, the Rangers have recalled Hanser Alberto and Delino DeShields from AAA Round Rock.

Rotation: A.J. Griffin, Kyle Lohse, and Martin Perez were the pitchers for this series. They allowed a total 20 hits, surrendered 19 runs, and only retired four batters. Griffin pitched five innings, allowing four hits, surrendering five runs, and retiring only two batters. The Rangers are playing it safe with him. Kyle Lohse pitched only 4.1 innings, and allowed six hits, surrendered seven runs, and failed to strikeout a batter. A short but rough game for him. Martin Perez went six innings, and allowed 10 hits, surrendered seven runs, and only struck out two batters. Another tough night for him. A very sloppy performance for the rotation in this series.

Bullpen: Allowed a total of 11 hits, surrendered just five runs, and struck out nine batters. Not a bad performance for the bullpen.  They’ve improved in the last two series and they need to continue to play well. The shortcomings of the starting rotation looks like it has begun to tax the bullpen as they are pitching more innings than expected at this point in the season. Hopefully starters Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels can provide some much needed relief on back to back nights.

The Rangers now head to Kansas City for a three-game series against the defending World Series Champions. It’s bad enough the Rangers have lost five series in a row, they do not want to make it six. The Rangers need to find a way to take this series. Yu Darvish will step on the mound for Game 1. Let’s hope he’ll have a good night and that the Rangers can turn it around.

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