It was an important series win for the Texas Rangers. After taking the first two games of the series, they blew a late lead in the third game and if they had dropped yesterday’s game, a split would have been hard to take – especially against a team many saw inferior to the Rangers and no competition in the AL West.
They didn’t have to worry about that, however. Michael Young made everyone who wasn’t paying attention forget that the big bats of Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz aren’t doing much but not offense will be like Seattle’s (although it is still ahead of where it was last year.) Texas will not be able to take 1-0 leads into the fifth inning every game (the first game of the series is notably the outlier.) Not only because the offenses get better than Seattle’s but because you can’t expect great pitching every game. Eventually that is more pressure on the pitching staff meaning more high pressure pitches which means that the Rangers – a team that likes it’s pitchers to run deep into games – may have trouble as the season progresses.
The positive side of this, of course, is that the pitching was the bigger question mark going into the season. The fact that is there, you know that the offense will kick it up eventually. If the pitching can continue dominating, well, there’s a reason most people have the Rangers going to the playoffs and having some success once more.
Win Probability Added (WPA) (Starting Pitchers in bold)
|.273 (36/132)||Average||.237 (33/139)|
Quick Game Results
04/09 W 11-5
04/10 W 1-0
04/11 L 4-3
04/12 W 5-3