The Texas Rangers have won another series after taking two games of three at home against their A.L. West rivals, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Rangers currently sit with a 14-11 record and remain in first place. Though they’re only ahead by half a game, they need to continue to win their series.
How they did it against the Angels
Offense: I am not going to sugarcoat it, but I am very impressed on the offense’s performance in this series. They registered a total of 33 hits and were struck out 16 times. As I’ve said before, when you hit more than strike out, you’re able to score runs and that will lead to a well-deserved victory. Prince Fielder went 4-for-13 in this series with two RBIs and scored three runs. Ian Desmond went 6-for-12, and he’s improved in the last few series. Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland, and Elvis Andrus went for a combined 9-for-30. Prince Fielder has yet to find his groove this season, but nonetheless, the Rangers offense is getting the job done.
Pitching Rotation: Well, I am not going to sugarcoat this either, but I am not completely satisfied with the pitching performance. Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, and Cole Hamels allowed a total of 20 hits, surrendered just six runs and struck out only five batters combined. It’s the lack of strike outs that really hurt the pitching, perhaps pitching to contact. Nonetheless, the Rangers pitching were in control thanks to the offense.
Bullpen: The bullpen had yet another amazing series. They allowed a total of 14 hits, surrendered seven runs, and struck out just seven batters. Things didn’t go very smoothly for the Jake Diekman in Game 3 as he allowed three hits, surrendered three runs and only struck out one batter. But I can’t throw Jake under the bus because he’s not perfect and there will be times when he’ll have an off day. It happens in baseball.
Overall, I think the Rangers are heading in the right direction. After they were swept by Chicago in their last road trip, the Rangers returned home and won two straight series.
The Rangers are now headed to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. A.J. Griffin will take the mound for Texas for Game 1 on Monday night. Griffin will look to improve to 4-0 this season.
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