Texas Rangers: Recent Actions May Hit Big
By Zach Edwards
Texas Rangers are still working to improve everyday and they may be on to something with some recent moves that they are hoping will provide a boost towards a championship this year.
The Texas Rangers lead the American League with a record of 74-53 as they go into an important weekend series against the Cleveland Indians who have a record of 72-53. This series could have a major impact on which team will have home field advantage in the playoffs.
They walk into this series after a week in which they signed a gold glove outfielder in Carlos Gomez in a low risk- high reward move. At the age of 30 Gomez has seen a drop in his play since he joined the Astros following a trade last year. He was only hitting .210 in and had stuck out 100 times out of 295 plate appearances.
Carlos Gomez could have just been in the wrong atmosphere for him to continue to be successful, that happens for people. The Texas Rangers have done their homework on him and believe that they may be able to help Gomez regain his potential and possibly “catch lightning in a bottle”. Listening to Manager Jeff Banister, it may be as easy as correcting an over rotation of his body when he swings.
The Texas Rangers may be one of the most opportunistic clubs in the MLB, whether it be from vetoed trades or picking up a struggling player who flourishes in their clubhouse atmosphere, they know what they’re doing. It sounds like Carlos Gomez will be with the team very soon and will have every opportunity to be the everyday left fielder for the Rangers moving forward. And It shouldn’t be hard to provide an improvement on play from that position.
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Along with this exciting news that could really provide another boost to finish the season right, the Texas Rangers pitchers have experienced a couple of milestones over the past couple of days. Derek Holland started for the first time in 2 months and had an adequate performance that included his first MLB hit. The Reds ended up having 3 players walked and eventually score to win the game but it was still a positive outcome from Holland’s performance.
The following day resulted in Yu Darvish‘s first HR, he belted a ball 410ft to center-field. There was a weird moment in this game win the Texas Rangers were up 3-2 because of a Nomar Mazara 3 run HR, the weird thing was that the Reds had 0 hits at this point.
The runs that were scored by the reds were the eventual results of walks that Darvish gave up, these walks accounted for 5 runs over 2 games and may eventually come back to haunt the Rangers at some point. This misstep led the game to be closer than it needed to but it also led to a glorious milestone: Adrian Beltre‘s 2,900th hit that ended up being the game winning RBI.
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The Texas Rangers tend to make games more difficult then they need to be but they somehow find ways to win, and that’s what counts. We are coming down the stretch heading towards the playoffs and the Rangers look to still be looking for every edge possible. What do you think of these moves and actions?