Texas Rangers July 11 Week in Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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Jul 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt  Harrison (far right) reacts during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers had another rough week, having lost four of their five games this week. They broke a five-game losing streak last night with a win in the first game of the series over the San Diego Padres. The good news for the team is that the Houston Astros have also struggled this week and the Rangers are in a good place. The Astros have just a 0.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels and a 5.5 game lead over the Rangers. With just about half the season left, anything can happen with injuries, hot/cold streaks, and even trades.

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The Rangers lost four of the five games they played this week, with two losses coming to a division rival. They finished off the series against the Angels with 0-13 and 6-12 losses as they were swept. This was an important series and taking a loss in all three games was not good for this team. They then lost both games against the Arizona Diamondbacks by a combined score of 6-11. The series was highlighted by the 2-4 loss in which Yovani Gallardo‘s scoreless inning streak ended at 33. The team stayed home to take on the San Diego Padres, taking the first game of a three-game series last night.

Looking ahead to the week, the Rangers will finish the series against the Padres today and tomorrow. Most of the team will have several days off as Prince Fielder heads off to Cincinatti for the All-Star Game. The team will start the second half of the season with a series against the Astros, a series that could set them on the right track if they can pick up a couple wins.

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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