A preseason view of the schedule did not provide the thought that the 2 series vs the Kansas City Royals may be exactly what would be needed at the right time for the Texas Rangers.
Before the season started I didn’t think that the Texas Rangers series against the Kansas City Royals would be welcomed as much as it is. I believe these next 2 out of 3 seires may be the most important series of the summer.
The Texas Rangers have gone 4-12 in the month of July, making this their most challenging month of the season yet. They have seen what was once a double digit game division lead shrink to just 3.5 now in front of the surging Houston Astros.
Those same Texas Rangers have had pitching struggles but may have found a portion of their offense by scoring 15 runs over the last 4 games. The reemergence of the long ball has helped but during that 4 game stretch they also left 10 runners on base in 2 of those games.
The series that is the focus of this article is a 3 game stretch against the Kansas City Royals in KC , there will be a 4 game series against them in Texas next weekend as well. The reason this may be a pivotal point in the season is because we may get to see the real Texas Rangers during the 3 games.
The offense seems to have woken up and the first two games will be started by pitching aces Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels. If the Rangers really were to get things going the right way then what would be better than taking a series against the World Series Champions of last year?
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With the trade deadline approaching and the lineup changing because of recent injuries, this is a perfect time for a Jurickson Profar or Ian Desmond to take over and try to lead this team for a stint. Also winning this series could rejuvenate the fan base, that’s always important for a team that is about to have a home-stand and would like a full house to play in.
The Texas Rangers have had troubles lately losing 3 straight but I would like to point out that those San Francisco Giants who had the best record in the league a bit ago have since lost 5 straight. Maybe the stretch of playing a .500 KC team and a sub .500 Oakland A’s team, then KC again, can give the Texas Rangers the boost that they so desperately need.
This boost won’t happen without some quality starts from the pitching staff though. It’s no secret that they have been struggling for several weeks but they need to start playing like they are on a division leading team before there are trades made and a few of them are made expendable.
Do you think that these pitching match ups will lead to some wins? Do you have any trade rumors you would like us to explore? Leave a comment suggesting what you want to hear more of!