Texas Rangers to Face Three Aces in Three Days


Rangers beat writer Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News talked about the potential of the Rangers facing three of the best pitchers in baseball in a three day span if form had held. It did hold and on consecutive days the Rangers will see Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Chris Sale.  If that wasn’t bad enough, the second game of the series in Chicago will be started by Carlos Rodon. If you were hoping to go to Globe Life Park to try and see one of the aces, you are out of luck as all of the games are on the road.

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This looks bad. As a reply to Grant’s tweet says: “That is how a three game losing streak happens.” Most fans are not optimistic about going up against Kershaw, Greinke, and Sale, but it may not be as bad as you would think.

Kershaw has not been the same pitcher as he was last season when he took home the Cy Young award and the NL Most Valuable Player award. He currently boasts a 3.21 ERA, which is the second highest he has had in his career. The season is not halfway over yet, so he could still fix things, but he has not looked like himself so far. Zack Greinke has been phenomenal this season and looks like he can keep it going.  The 2009 AL Cy Young winner has a 1.95 ERA and has only had one bad start this season. The Rangers saw Chris Sale last week as he struck out 13 batters in a 9-2 White Sox win in Arlington. Sale has continued to strike out batters ever since and has struck out at least 10 batters in his last five appearances. The Rangers were able to beat the White sox in Rodon’s start, but it took them 11 innings. Rodon struck out 10 batters in his six innings of work.

Jun 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Be excited as a fan. This stretch of games is something that doesn’t come around very often. This is a chance to see some of the best talent in baseball in three consecutive days. I am looking forward to seeing Kershaw and Greinke on TV. It isn’t very often that I get to see either pitch so I will not pass this chance up. Moving on to the next series in Chicago, Sale is a phenomenal talent and we saw what he could do last week. I love watching him work and I think it will be interesting to see what adjustments the team makes in their approach at the plate.

With the way that the Rangers have played lately, I think any of these pitchers is beatable for this team. Despite running into this stretch of games, the Rangers will be just fine. I think they will win two of the four games in this stretch by beating Kershaw and Rodon. Facing three aces should be no problem for the 2015 Texas Rangers.

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