The Texas Rangers have been swept by the Oakland Athletics. As result of the sweep, they slipped back to second place in the A.L. West standings and trail the first place Mariners by a game and a half. It really seems as though every time the Rangers come to play against Oakland, they get humiliated.
How It Went Down
Offense: Not very good at all! Registered a total of 20 hits and were struck out a total of 23 times. They went 23-for-100 in this series, which is only a 23 percent hit percentage at the plate! Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder went for a combined 6-for-21. Right now the offense is a mess.
Starting rotation: Well, let me start off by saying that Derek Holland snapped out of his previous two humiliating starts. On his start on Monday, he pitched six innings allowing just three hits, surrendering two runs, while striking out one batter. Unfortunately, he suffered yet another loss, but his performance was very solid. Cole Hamels allowed a total of nine hits, surrendered four runs, and struck out six, but ended up with no-decision. Martin Perez allowed eight hits, surrendered four runs, and struck out three. Unfortunately, he suffered a loss, too. Overall, a very decent performance by the rotation, but with the lack of support from the offense, and relief from the bullpen, this series ended up being a total disaster.
Bullpen: Not very impressive. Allowed a total of eight hits, surrendered nine runs, and struck out only five batters. The most humiliating part is the surrendered grand slam at the bottom of the ninth inning by closer Shawn Tolleson, which not only cost the Rangers the game, but cost Tolleson his role as the team’s closer. Sam Dyson is now the team’s closer. The bullpen really needs to wake up.
The Rangers head back to the Lone Star State for a three-game series against their in-state rivals Astros in Houston. The Rangers can’t afford to lose another series. If they can win this series in Houston, it’ll relieve a lot of pressure.
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5/20 @Astros 7:10 pm
5/21 @Astros 6:15 pm
5/22 @Astros 1:10 pm