The Texas Rangers would like to welcome you to the final stretch of the season. Judging from their last 3 series, they are very eager to provide you with the best product possible as they continue to dominate the A.L. West.
25 regular season games are all that lies ahead for the Texas Rangers before they start their playoff route in hopes for a World Series Championship. Coming off of 3 series wins against the Indians, Mariners, and Astros. It seems the Rangers are ready to carry that momentum through the end of the remaining season.
These Texas Rangers will be facing familiar division foes for most of the 25 games left by starting with a 4 game stint vs. the Mariners. Of the 8 series left and all of them being 3 games except for that Mariner one, they will play 2 series vs. the Angels and A’s, and 1 series vs. the Astros, Brewers, and Rays.
What does all of this mean? The average record for the rest of the teams that the Rangers will face is 63-73. As it stands right now, there are only 2 of the 6 remaining opponents have a record over .500. There is a good chance this stretch is the best remaining schedule for any division leader in the MLB.
The position group that looks to be needing the most work moving forward would have to be the bullpen. The Rangers coaching has added Jose Leclerc to the bullpen so to provide some protection for Keone Kela and Tony Barnette. Barnette has been the most consistent pitcher out of the pen this year and Kela looks to still be needing to be worked into shape down the stretch.
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Bringing up Jose Leclerc will also provide him the experience of being around the big leagues. This is something that could be a big deal since he looks to be a key piece for the Rangers in 2017. Leclerc’s addition fills a spot by Jeremy Jeffress that is in limbo right now as Jeff Banister said. “It’s a fair statement to say I’ve got to operate on the thought process that [we won’t have him].
The Texas Rangers have built a large lead that will allow them to possibly use a 6 man rotation with Colby Lewis joining the team sometime over the next week. This is the polishing stage that the Texas Rangers have created for themselves.
The Texas Rangers are gearing up to be rested and ready for their championship run and other MLB teams should be scared by that. How do you think they will finish these last 25 games and do you think they will rest player soon?