If you remember last week's Texas Rangers Weekly Report, I mentioned that the Rangers' playoff and division title hopes were hanging by a thread. Well, after the results that transpired over the last week, the Rangers are back in first place in the American League West and in control of their playoff hopes.
I'm sure I can speak for most Rangers' fans that this was the most nerve-wracking series of the season. With the Mariners looking to sneak into a Wild Card spot, People were literally on the edge of their seats at Globe Life Field this past weekend. You could probably hear a pin drop with every pitch.
However, the Rangers were the ones that were victorious in the series sweep against the Mariners. There were a lot of contributors from the Rangers that won this series. The Rangers received production from Adolis Garcia, Evan Carter, Corey Seager, Leody Taveras, and Marcus Semien.
Let's also not forget the pitching performances that the Rangers got as well. Jordan Montgomery was probably the most memorable performance from this weekend. In seven innings, Montgomery only allowed five hits, two walks and struck out six batters on Saturday.
Jose LeClerc was the most reliable pitcher in the bullpen this weekend. He struck out four batters and only allowed two hits in two outings this past weekend. You could tell from everyone on the Rangers that they want to play some more baseball in October.
Round Rock Express are the second half Pacific Coast League Champs
The Rangers weren't the only team that had success this past week. Round Rock finished the second half of their season as the Pacific Coast League Champions. This earns them a spot in the Triple-A Playoffs as they take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers starting this Tuesday. It was Round Rock Express Manager Doug Davis's birthday and he got serenaded by the team during the celebration below.
Jack Leiter also made his debut for the Round Rock Express Saturday night during the final series of the regular season. It was probably not the Triple-A debut that he wanted as he allowed eight hits, gave up two home runs, and allowed three earned runs in three innings pitched. Luckily, the Express's offense bailed him out as they would go on to win 12-10 over the Rainiers.
Wyatt Langford also had a good week at the plate as well for the Express. His ability to be patient at the plate shows how good he is going to be in the major leagues. He has been on a little streak of multi-hit games with the Express against the Tacoma Rainiers.
He finished the week with seven hits and scored four runs to help the Express make the playoffs. If you look down at the tweet below, Ranger fans can't wait to see a possible lineup with Semien, Seager, and Langford at the top of the batting order. Langford will be a big part of the Ranger's future and could be as soon as next season.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: The Final Week
There really isn't much to talk about other than the final week of the season. The Rangers cannot afford to get into another bad slump as it could spell the end of their playoff hopes. They need to treat the Los Angeles Angels series this week as if the Angels are trying to get into the playoffs. If the Rangers sweep the Angels, the Astros or the Mariners will be eliminated from winning the AL West.
If the Rangers go out on the field and do what they did against the Mariners, they could end up winning the division and securing a playoff spot. They have worked so hard to get to this point and deserve to play some more baseball next month. It just depends on which version of the Rangers show up this week.