The Texas Rangers spent a brief stint in the third place spot in the American League West, but they took care of that problem last night by smashing the Red Sox 8-0 behind a gem from Ace Yu Darvish. The game was not without contraversy, as Yu Darvish has a no hitter going into the ninth inning thanks to an error call on a ball that fell between Alex Rios and Rougned Odor.
The official scorer made the right call according to Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram.
“The ball, though, ended up hitting the ground after a miscommunication. The ball didn’t hit either player’s glove, but Weller judged that Rios should have made the catch and stuck him with an error.” Wilson writes.
He goes on to quote the rule from the official rule book, which states:
“The official scorer shall charge an outfielder with an error if such outfielder allows a flyball to drop to the ground if, in the official scorer’s judgment, an outfielder at that position making ordinary effort would have caught such flyball.”
That controversy aside, however, the Texas Rangers pitched their second shut out in a row, this time against the Boston Red Sox. Yu was great, the offense is once again showing signs of life, and the pitching has been outstanding (obviously) the last two games.
So which Texas Rangers team is the real Texas Rangers team? The one that got outscored 29-5 in three games against the Rockies, or the one that shut out the Rockies and the Red Sox back to back? Unfortunately, I think I am going to have to say both are the real Texas Rangers team. I believe that we are going to see some excellent baseball coming from the Texas Rangers, and then I think we are also going to see some awful baseball coming from the same club. As long as they can continue to hang out near the top of the division, I feel like they have a chance. What do you think?