Texas Rangers: What Happened In The Series Against New York?

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 27: Elvis Andrus
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 27: Elvis Andrus /

The Texas Rangers wrap up their home series against the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, the series did not end the way the Rangers were hoping it would end. As a result of losing this series, the Rangers’ record falls to 71-71. Furthermore, they drop 2.5 games back in the American League wild card standings.

The Texas Rangers came into this series having won their last three series. It’s unfortunate that losing this series perhaps cools down the team, however, they need to get over it and move on to the next. There are 20 games left to play.

There are 20 games left to play. Each win is important. Regardless of it’s for pride or for a chance of making the playoffs, the importance of a win doesn’t change. Even if the Rangers were to officially be out of contention within their last 20 games, they may as well go down swinging.

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So what happened in this series? Well, the first thing is that the Rangers did win game one coming from a 5-1 deficit to winning the game 11-5. Martin Perez who pitched game one improved to 12-10, becoming the first Rangers pitcher to win seven straight since Kenny Rogers did it in 2005. If Perez wins again, he’ll tie Rogers for the longest winning streak in club history.

The last two games didn’t go so well. Saturday’s 3-1 loss was due to a late Rangers collapse and the bats going silent. Alex Claudio would go on to allow the game-winning runs, resulting in his fourth blown save. Game three was an absolute disaster. Horrible pitching and quiet bats. The Rangers were not focused and couldn’t find a way to concentrate and they lost 16-7.

The Seattle Mariners are in town tomorrow for a four-game series. The Rangers need to forget about their hard series-loss to the New York Yankees and concentrate on the Mariners. They’re 2.5 games behind in the wild card spot and they can’t afford to fall deeper.