Rangers Report: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Sep 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) has water dumped on him by shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) after winning the game against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the first week of Rangers Report, where I will take a look at some of the past performances by players in the past week, and do a quick little recap on how the past week has gone for the team.

The Rangers will need strong performances night in and night out in order to make the playoffs. Every game is incredibly critical, and the difference between winning the AL West and grabbing a Wild Card spot is huge. If the Rangers win the West, then they will be guaranteed a spot in the ALDS where they will get to play in a five game series. If they only get a WC spot, then they will find themselves in a one game playoff, which anything can happen in a one game playoff. Not only that, but Cole Hamels would only get to pitch once in the ALDS whereas the other teams ace will probably get two go’s at it.

The Rangers went a mediocre 4-3 this past week, especially considering that they faced the two worst teams in the AL West. Some would say this doesn’t come as much of a surprise though, as they have continually struggled against sub-.500 ball clubs. They did get unlucky in facing Felix Hernandez, but they avoided Sonny Gray and overall got a good draw this past week. Needless to say, the series starting tonight will be the biggest of the season for the Rangers.

That being said, the Rangers Report is all about individual performances, and in this slideshow I will look into who’s been hot for the Rangers in the past week, and who has not.

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