The Texas Rangers are back! At least for the time being. The team has gone 12-2 and won five straight series in their last 14 games. Their winning ways began in August when Texas swept the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins. The team also came close to sweeping the San Francisco Giants but fell in 10 innings on Sunday.
Some changes include the additions of pitchers Max Scherzer, Jordan Montgomery, and Chris Stratton. They all have played a vital role in the team. In his latest start, "Mad Max" put on a clinic. In seven innings, he allowed one hit and one walk and had 11 strikeouts. His dominant pitching allowed Texas to beat the Los Angeles Angles Monday 12-0.
Montgomery has also pitched well as of late. He has thrown for 20 strikeouts and allowed five runs on 19 hits in his last three starts. His performance alone gave Texas a chance last Wednesday to sweep the Oakland Athletics.
Other additions to the team include moving Martin Perez to the bullpen while having six starting pitchers. The amount of depth Texas has added has allowed them to be flexible with their pitchers. Not to mention, the team is doing all this without ace Nathan Eovaldi.
Rookie sensation Josh Jung has also been out, as he went down with a thumb injury.
The good news is Texas has a variety of utility players like Josh Smith and Ezequiel Duran who can step up.