The Rangers take their first winning series in two weeks to the East Coast with them this week to face off against the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets. They will do so without Luis Sardinas, who was sent back down in lieu of Adam Rosales (see story here). Like Lisa said in her article, I am not sure why the Texas Rangers decided to make this move, but they usually don’t consult me before making moves.
The Texas Rangers go into Baltimore with a 37-44 record, while the Orioles are sporting a 42-39 record. This will be a big road trip for the Texas Rangers, but it does not feel as huge as the last road trip, which consisted of all AL West opponents. At this point, the odds of the Rangers going to the post season are pretty low (under 10% last time I checked), so now what I am interested in seeing is how the young guys mesh together and play as a team.
We know what we are going to get over the course of a season from guys like Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Yu Darvish, what we all want to find out is what we have in guys like Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos, Michael Choice, Leonys Martin and others. Odor (in my opinion) is playing like he wants to be the everyday second baseman and not Jurickson Profar, and he is making quite a case for himself so far.
If the Texas Rangers can come home with a 3-3 road trip, I would call that a success. Anything above that would be great. It sure was nice to see Darvish be Darvish Saturday in his start, let’s all hope that continues as well.