Texas Rangers: Can Cole Hamels Win Tonight?

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 26: Cole Hamels
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 26: Cole Hamels /

The Texas Rangers play their final game in Seattle tonight before heading to Oakland. The Rangers find themselves 2.5 games behind in the wild-card standings. A win tonight can possibly bring them 1.5 games behind. Cleveland beating the Angels today would certainly help.

The Texas Rangers have eleven games left to play. Winning has never been more crucial. It seems that the Rangers got the message.

Just a few days ago, the Rangers were more than 5.0 games behind in the wild-card standings. At that point, the Rangers were in a situation where the Rangers could only play for pride. Miraculously, a playoff spot is still possible. A long shot in the dark, but still possible.

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Cole Hamels steps on the mound tonight. The Rangers are on a three-game winning streak. They’ve already won this series, however, sweeping Seattle just sparks more confidence and momentum which is desperately needed within the club.

Hamels is 5-3 in his last ten starts. This season, Hamels is 1-0 in three starts against Seattle. Last week when Seattle was in Arlington, Hamels started a game and ended up leading the Rangers to their sole victory of that series. Tonight, he’s got a chance to lead the Rangers to a clean sweep.

If Hamels earns the victory tonight, it’ll be his third straight year with more than ten wins. Hamels should be okay tonight as long as he’s focused and remains focused. Seattle’s bats are not to be taken lightly since they’re capable of sparking comebacks as we saw yesterday. They’re certainly capable of inflicting damage as we saw when they were in Arlington last week.