Jun 19, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) hits a two run single against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas Rangers have continued their strong play as they continue to catch up to the Houston Astros. The Rangers are just 2.5 games behind the Astros, 2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, 6 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners, and 9 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics. There was not much movement this week in the division as the Seattle Mariners were the only team not to win 6 of their last 10 games, having won 5 of 10, and the Rangers remain just 0.5 games behind for a Wild Card spot.
The team won five of their seven games this week, with the a loss coming to the Minnesota Twins and a 0-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that ended on a balk in the ninth. More impressively, the Rangers won two out of three during their Three Aces in Three Days stretch. They picked up the win against Clayton Kershaw, a loss to Zack Greinke that ended with the balk, and a win last night over Chris Sale. Even though Sale looked great against the Rangers, the team Never Ever Quit and came up with two runs in the ninth off a Mitch Moreland hit as seen in the picture above.
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Looking ahead to the week, the Rangers will finish the series against the Chicago White Sox, come home for a series against the Oakland Athletics, then will end the week by travelling north of the border for a series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The series everyone is looking forward to against the Houston Astros is still a bit away, as Rangers won’t travel to Houston until July 17th for the first series after the All-Star Break.
So, which players were a crucial part of the Texas Rangers success last week? Which players struggled, as the Rangers were able to overcome their issues and win anyway? Let’s take a look back at the week that was for the Rangers, as we see which players were hot, and which were not.
Let us begin with those who struggled last week.
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