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The Texas Rangers have taken yet another series. As a matter of fact, they’ve won their seventh series in a row! The Rangers are now five games ahead of Seattle in the A.L. West standings. Since this series was against Seattle, the Rangers desperately needed to win this series. The goal for the Rangers is to be as many games as possible ahead of any second place team in the A.L. West. And the way to do that is to continue to win series.
Let’s take a look at the Rangers’ performance…
Offense: Well, I think the offense did okay. They registered a total of 27 hits, scored 13 runs, and were struck-out a total of 28 times. They homered a total of seven times. Mitch Moreland homered twice, so he may be beginning to emerge as a hitter. Prince Fielder is still trying to dig himself out of his slump, though he did homer once in this series.
Pitching Rotation: I’d say the pitching rotation’s performance was not too bad. They allowed a total of 12 hits, surrendered seven runs, but struck out just 11 batters. Derek Holland had another rough night and suffered his fifth loss, Colby Lewis pitched well, though he earned a no-decision, and Cole Hamels earned his sixth win, and became the 77th player to reach 2,000 strike-outs.
Bullpen: As usual, the bullpen finds a way to get the job done. They allowed a total of ten hits on just five runs, and struck out just four batters. Now the lack of striking out batters is not considered to be a dominant performance, but somehow it was enough for the bullpen to help the Rangers win this series. I’ve been really impressed with Sam Dyson. Since he’s taken over as the closer, he’s gotten a total of 10 saves.
The Rangers are now headed to the Bay Area to take on the Oakland A’s. The A’s are in last place, but the Rangers should still take this series very seriously. The last time they were in Oakland, they were swept. This cannot happen again. Yu Darvish was originally supposed to be on the mound, but he’s been sent back to Dallas for an MRI on his neck and shoulder. Jeff Banister hasn’t made his decision on who will take the mound. We can only pray for Yu.
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