Texas Rangers: 3 takeaways from an ugly four-game sweep in Houston

David Esser
May 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez (57) pitches against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez (57) pitches against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Well that kinda sucked. The Texas Rangers failed to record a single win during their four-game set against the Houston Astros, getting swept straight out of town in rather commanding fashion.

Needless to say, Astros fans were pretty pumped up about the whole ordeal:

https://twitter.com/astrosCTH/status/1394041215818076171?s=20

Following said brutal sweep, the Rangers are now winless in their last six games, and things aren’t set to get all that much easier with the Yankees up next in the schedule.

Some takeaways from the past four losses:

The Houston Astros are pretty good.

As much as it may pain you to admit it, the Astros are genuinely one of the better teams in baseball at the moment. Today’s win earlier this afternoon puts them seven games above .500, and they’re 8-2 in their last ten.

If it wasn’t for the Athletics’ hot start to the 2021 season, Houston would be sitting rather comfortably atop the American League West.

The Astros have sustained some pretty big losses over the past few seasons, both to their physical roster and to their coaching staff, yet they remain capable of pumping out strong performances.

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Zack Greinke and Lance McCullers Jr. are both very strong top-of-the-rotation arms, and the offense keeps on rolling despite the departure of George Springer this past offseason.

While losing four of four should still be considered unacceptable (the Rangers really should’ve stolen at least one game), it’s worth highlighting the caliber of team they were up against in this specific instance.

Texas Rangers drop 4/4 to the Houston Astros.

The end goal is of course to dethrone the Astros in the AL West one day down the road, but in the meantime, they’re still the top dogs.

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