Over Achieving Texas Rangers Break out the Brooms
By Ben Dieter
Apr 23, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers catcherRobinson Chirinos
(61) and starting pitcherMartin Perez
(33) after the win against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
If I were to tell you that the Texas Rangers would go into a series with the formerly first place Oakland Athletics missing Derek Holland, Adrian Beltre, Geovany Soto, Jurickson Profar, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers, and then during the series they would lose Shin-Soo Choo, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Pedro Figeroua, What odds would you give me on the Texas Rangers sweeping the series to the A’s? If you would have asked me on Monday, I would have told you that the odds were not in your favor, and I would have been dead wrong.
What if I sweetened the pot and told you that the Texas Ranger would also have the best record in the American League. You would have called me crazy, and I would have agreed with you and immediately gone to see a sports shrink. Well, that is exactly what he Texas Rangers did over the past three days. The Rangers broke out the brooms at O.Co and swept the division rivals and took the top spot in the division. To me, this is shocking seeing that the Texas Rangers had Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson, Luis Sardinas, previously struggling Michael Choice and other “bench” players in for the majority of the series.
Can the Texas Rangers streak of luck continue into Seattle for the weekend series? I don’t know, but what I do know is that Adrian Beltre and Matt Harrison are both supposed to be back for that series, and that can’t be a bad thing at all for the Texas Rangers. I think the Texas Rangers find a place for Kevin Kouzmanoff on this team after Friday, and I think he becomes the right-handed DH off the bench, maybe stealing a lot of at bats away from Mitch Moreland. For now though, I am going to enjoy the off day with the Texas Rangers sitting at the top of the division. Enjoy the off day everyone and don’t forget to like me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, and like NolanWritin on Twitter and Facebook as well.