Texas Rangers: What Did We See In Finale Against Detroit?

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Elvis Andrus
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Elvis Andrus /

The Texas Rangers wrap up their series against the Detroit Tigers. The Rangers sweep the Tigers, thus getting their first sweep since late July when they swept the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately, they remain in fourth place in the American League West standings, sitting 14.5 games behind first place.

The Texas Rangers are still 2.0 games behind a wild card spot. If the Rangers can continue to win, there’s a chance they may make book themselves a last-second trip to the playoffs.

The Rangers are 5-1 in their last six games. This 12-6 victory puts Texas a game under .500. Their next series is against a terrible Chicago White Sox ball club. Regardless of the White Sox’s record, the Rangers need to be ready for anything and be focused.

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What we saw in Texas’ 12-6 victory:

#1: Cole Hamels remaining calm and pitching another good game. Hamels pitched 6.0 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, and striking four batters, improving 8-1 this season. Hamels did have a challenging night as he gave up to early runs, putting Texas down 2-0 early. After it was tied a 2 runs a piece, he allowed a two run homer that once again put Texas in a predicament. Furthermore, he was in a situation where the bases were loaded with one out and he found a way out of it without allowing another run.

#2: Wide awake bats. A total of 17 hits by the lineup. Two players failed to get a hit. However, each batter that did get a hit, finished with multiple hits. Joey Gallo his 36th home run, his tenth of the month, which is an American League high. A total of ten strikeouts for the offense. Scoring a total of 28 runs in this series really helped the Rangers. In all three games, the bats had to immediately get into the game since Detroit managed to jump to 2-0 leads.

#3: Good performance by the bullpen. Ricardo Rodriguez appeared in his second game, pitching 1.0 inning, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter. Jhan Marinez made his debut for the Rangers, pitching 2.0 innings, allowing two hits, two runs, and striking out two batters.

Tyson Ross takes the mound for the first game against the White Sox. In game three of this series, Martin Perez takes on former Rangers pitcher Derek Holland. Chicago is in town for a four-game series. The Rangers can win this series. Furthermore, sweeping Chicago is a possibility.