Texas Rangers: Magic Number Watch
By Zach Edwards
The Texas Rangers are closing in on winning their division and building momentum heading into the playoffs. Even with losing a weekend series, then working their magic again in comeback fashion, they have shrunk their magic number to 3 games.
Yep, any day now the Texas Rangers will be crowned A.L. West Champions. Their magic number is at 3 now after another come back win that ended in a 9th inning walk off single by Ian Desmond. There are only 11 games left in the regular season and they should secure that championship against a division foe, whether it be the Angels or the A’s is yet to be seen.
The team has started to work on allowing every player that may see the field during their upcoming playoff run to experience different situations. The Texas Rangers are able to take liberties with their playing time because of the significant lead that they have created for themselves.
With a 9.5 game division lead on both the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners the rangers are not letting up as they look to finish upcoming series. The Texas Rangers are still playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs and will look to maintain the lead they have over the Cleveland Indians for that perk.
Speaking of the Cleveland Indians, they are experiencing their own problems and may look to move to a 3 man rotation due to injuries to their usual 2nd and 3rd starting pitchers. This strategy will be interesting to observe as they only have a 7 game lead over the Detroit Indians with their 13 games remaining.
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The Texas Rangers post season rotation is somewhat known in Cole Hamels, Yu Darivsh, and Colby Lewis looking to be the first 3 but the rest remains a mystery. If Texas was to get home field advantage then Martin Perez‘s chances of being the other starter may spike since he seems to excel when pitching at home this year. Perez is 8-2 at home with an ERA of 2.65 compared to his 2-8 5.78 ERA when pitching on the road, there is really no explanation for this.
It is believed that if the Texas Rangers were to face the Toronto Blue Jays then starting pitcher A.J. Griffin would get the nod just based off of a matchup angle. Either way, home field advantage would mean more revenue and that would translate to more money to spend in the offseason while targeting Ian Desmond, Carlos Gomez or possibly even an extension for Jonathan Lucroy.
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This Texas Ranger team is exactly where they want to be, in the drivers seat towards a championship. They have the residency of their manager Jeff Banister and will look to make that magic number 0 very soon and claim that divisional championship on their way to the one that matters, World Series Champions.