They say you should save your best for last, and the Texas Rangers are taking that advice to heart.
For the first time since June 25-29, the Rangers have gone on a four-game win streak and secured their first road series sweep since 2019 against the Baltimore Orioles following their 8-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday.
The Texas Rangers now have a 4-game win streak in September, tying their longest overall streak of the 2021 season
It’s rather remarkable that we’re even talking about a road win streak given this team’s inability to play well away from Arlington this season with a forgettable 20-51 record in games not taking place at Globe Life Field. That’s the worst road record in the American League, for those keeping score.
But here we are in September, the Texas Rangers’ final month of games in 2021, and they’re playing their best baseball (arguably) of the season, and ironically on the road.
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Some might say this is a curse, that the Rangers are “idiots” for wanting to finish the season on a strong note and upset the draft positioning formula that is oh so valuable to this rebuild.
Others though, see this as a growth opportunity for Texas. As a chance to showcase what looks like a bright future ahead. And with Glenn Otto and A.J. Alexy showing off in the rotation, along with a scoreless return from the IL for Spencer Howard? It feels good to watch this team right now.
Oh yeah, and Taylor Hearn is pitching out of his mind. That’s pretty fun too.
The true icing on the cake, though, is the offense, which has come alive during this mini win-streak. Everyone seems to be doing their part and guys like Leody Taveras and Nick Solak who need this final month to reconcile with their earlier season demons are stepping up to the plate (literally and figuratively).
So maybe it’s OK that the Texas Rangers are doing a little winning right now. I can see the future more than I’ve ever seen it at any point this season, and that’s extremely promising heading into 2022.
They’re saving their best baseball for last, and it’s not such a bad thing.