Let me just start by asking if it is possible to clone Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and have him as the only starting pitcher in the Rangers rotation? Whenever the Rangers are on a losing streak, he seems to put an end to it. The Nationals scored 19 runs in the first two games of the series, and they scored zero today against the Rangers ace.
It’s easy to look at the Nationals series and think that the Rangers road trip was a failure, but that is not the case. Even with Darvish’s good outing on lack of sleep,
If you look at the overall road trip for the Texas Rangers, I would have to say it was a success. The Rangers went 7-4 on the road trip, and they picked up a game on Oakland, being 6 games back now. The team showed some offensive resilience and pitched well for most of the trip. They now get to come home for a 9 game 10 day homestand, and it will be nice for them to all sleep in their own beds again.
The Rangers are not going to go 7-4 on every road trip, although that would be really nice. But at least we can celebrate today knowing that they are keeping themselves int he hunt right now, even if they are not leading it. For a team as banged up as the Rangers, that is all I am asking right now.