ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers came away with an opening day victory against King Felix and the Mariners yesterday. The Rangers now 1-0 sit atop the A.L. West standings. #HelloWinColumn
While it’s a little premature to start looking at the standings, the opening day victory was impressive nonetheless.
The Texas Rangers won the game 3-2 while only garnering one hit.
Due to some untimely errors for Seattle and an impressive pitching performance by Hamels and the Rangers’ bullpen, the Rangers were able to squeak out a victory for its sold out crowd.
HOW’D IT HAPPEN:
Two early home runs by Seattle’s Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager gave Seattle a 2-0 lead through five innings. But with a little Texas magic the Rangers rallied to score three runs off one hit. That hit was appropriately a “Texas Blooper” into left field off the bat of Prince Fielder.
The series continues tonight in Arlington at 7:00 CT on FSSW.
This is when the Rangers take on the Blue Jays for the final time this season.
This is when either the Rangers advance to the ALCS or come back to Arlington to watch the rest of the playoffs on their television sets.
3:07 p.m. CT.
It all comes down to this.
Cole Hamels vs. Marcus Stroman.
The Rangers have their guy on the mound. They have all of their big bats in the lineup including Adrian Beltre. The Rangers have no excuses. They either win and keep playing or lose and get ready for next season.
Going into the series no one would’ve blamed them for losing to an amazing Toronto Blue Jays team. But after Texas won the first two games in dramatic fashion, anything less than advancing to the ALCS would be a huge disappointment.
Never ever quit has been the motto all season. It’s time to practice what they’ve preached.
Will the Rangers get the job done and finish off the Blue Jays? My unbiased and educated guess is yes.
The Rangers have played poorly in their last two games but last game they had no chance because of Derek Holland’s horrible performance. In baseball when trying to guess who will win you have to look at the pitchers. Marcus Stroman is really good but I’m taking Cole Hamels any day of the week in that matchup.
Also the Rangers were better on the road than they were at home this season.
43 wins at home and 45 wins away. Only a two game difference but the Rangers only need one game now.
This is it. The final game of the ALDS. Who will take it?!!!!
Only one game stands between the Texas Rangers and the A.L. West.
Thanks to a gutsy performance by Derek Holland and some timely hits by Beltre and the crew, the Rangers beat the Angels (5-3) and have positioned themselves to be in control of their own destiny. With only three games left to play, the Rangers only need to win this next game to be champs of the division.
MILESTONE: Last night the Rangers clinched a playoff spot for only the 7th time in franchise history.
PLAY OF THE GAME: There were a lot of great plays in this one but the play of the game has to go to Josh Hamilton. He made an amazing catch while running into the wall in LF. It was one of the best catches i’ve ever seen.
Peep the catch out below:
Hamilton almost got Pujols out at the plate. That was simply amazing. People can’t ever say Josh doesn’t care. He’s hurt and he’s still giving 100%.
It’s efforts like tonight that make it seem like this year is special. I don’t know if they can get to the World Series but just getting out of the first round may be enough to consider this season a success.
It’s a three team race for 1st place in the A.L. West. The Astros currently lead the division but not by much. With only a 2.5 game lead on the Angels and a 3.0 game lead on the Rangers, the division is certainly still very much for the taking. But who will take it?
Recently the Texas Rangers have been in excellent form, winning five games in a row and have put themselves right in the thick of things. About a month ago it seemed that a Wild Card berth was the only realistic possibility for Texas. But with their recent success they have a real shot at winning the division. Here are the A.L. West standings as of today:
But what if the Astros hang on and win the division?
The Rangers are still in a great spot to win a Wild Card berth. Here are the Wild Card standings as of today:
The Rangers are only one game back of the Orioles with about two months left of baseball. Anything can happen now!
The Rangers haven’t gotten what they thought they were going to get from Hamels when they pulled off one of the biggest blockbuster trades of the year. He’s started in 3 games and has a record of 0-1. It’s way too soon to say this trade was a mistake because this is a trade for not only this year but next year as well. But when you trade for an ace you expect to have ace-like results. He did pitch a lot better last night and he only gave up three runs but he didn’t quite get the run support needed for a win. It’s way too early to make a definite assessment of Hamels but the Rangers will need his best from here on out if they want to make some noise this postseason.
Texas won last night with a walk-off-walk. With the bases loaded, Fernando Rodney walked Adrian Beltre and the Rangers won 4-3. The Rangers take on Seattle at Globe Life Park tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT in the second game of this three game series. Will Texas win their sixth in a row?
The Texas Rangers have acquired starting pitcher Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies. The blockbuster trade involved the following players:
Rangers receive: SP Cole Hamels, RP Jake Diekman
Phillies receive: C Jorge Alfaro, SP Matt Harrison, OF Nick Williams, SP Alec Asher, SP Jake Thompson, SP Jerad Eickhoff
The Rangers get a true ace in Cole Hamels who is under contract until 2018. Texas gives up six players in total but only three of them are considered top prospects. Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Jake Thompson have shown in the minors that they may one day be good players but they haven’t been consistent enough to make the big league roster. Maybe they’ll have that chance in Philly. Matt Harrison, just coming off of injury, is a good comeback story but with the addition of Cole Hamels, the Rangers didn’t need another lefty starter. Also, Harrison is owed $28 million dollars over the next two years. So not only did the Rangers get their guy, they got rid of a major contract that could help them financially in the near future.
Why not win now?
The current A.L. West standings look like this:
With a whole lot of baseball left to play the Rangers are only 8 games back out of 1st place. It’s not unrealistic to think that Texas could catch Houston to claim the top spot in the division. An even easier task could be claiming one of the Wild Card spots in the American League.
The current American League Wild Card race looks like this:
The Rangers are only four games back of Minnesota for that second Wild Card spot.
With the addition of Hamels and the team finally at full strength it is not only possible but it is probable that the Rangers can make some noise for the rest of the season. With the way Odor has been swinging the bat lately (player of the week last week) and the already powerful heart of the order with Fielder, Beltre, Moreland, and Hamilton, this team is poised to make a run. Remember the last time the Rangers traded with the Phillies for a starting pitcher in the middle of the season? Oh yes! It was Cliff Lee. And the Rangers went on to make it to the World Series that year. I’m not saying that this is a World Series contender just yet, but this trade allows Texas to get to that point again. If not this year then definitely next year. A Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Derek Holland, Martin Perez, Chi Chi Gonzalez/Colby Lewis/Nick Martinez starting rotation sounds pretty dang nice to me.
But that’s looking too far ahead. Let’s live in the now. And right now, behind Hamels, I think the Rangers actually have a shot at the postseason. #NEVEREVERQUIT
important series alert: Texas takes on Houston at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Aug. 3 – Aug 5. It’s safe to say that Texas vs. Houston has become a real rivalry.
What once looked like a promising month of baseball for the Texas Rangers has turned into a stink fest. The Rangers started out the month of June winning 4 out of 5 series, but now they find themselves in a horrible 6-game losing streak.
What the heck is going on out there guys?
After losing the last two games in Chicago to the White Sox last week, the Rangers were swept by the A’s. and continued their losing ways against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The final score of the slaughtering was 12-2. If the Rangers lose today, they will have gone a full week without a win.
Now the slumping Rangers are tied with the Angels for the 2nd spot in the division and are 5 games back of the Houston Astros.
Haha not even close. Major League Baseball has such a long season and we’re not even at the All-Star break yet. The Rangers have plenty of time to regain their form but it starts today against the Blue Jays.
WHOSE ON THE MOUND TODAY?
For the Rangers it’s Mr. Yovani Gallardo, aka the man that hasn’t allowed a run in 15 straight innings.
For the Blue Jays it’s rookie pitcher Matt Boyd. Today will be his debut in the majors.
Outfielders Josh Hamilton and Delino DeShields could be back in action as early as this Monday. They will be rehabbing in Round Rock this weekend and are expected to rejoin the team shortly after.
Prince Fielder hit his 300th home run yesterday in the loss to the Blue Jays.
Yea.. That just happened..
& Edwin Encarnacion is only 32 years old. For some reason I thought he was at least 40. Seems like that guy has been playing forever.
It’s been awhile since we’ve talked Rangers baseball so lets do it!
The Rangers overall record currently sits at 35-30. That record is good enough for 2nd place in the A.L. West and trailing the division leading Houston Astros by three games.
CIRCLE YOUR CALENDARS FOR JULY 17th!
Rangers vs. Astros!
Last season the Texas Rangers were decimated by the injury bug and it seemed as if this season was going to have a similar story.
List of key injuries this season:
– Yu Darvish out for the season
– Derek Holland out since opening day (expected to return soon)
– Martin Perez out for the season
– Jurickson Profar out for the season
– Adrian Beltre on the DL
– Josh Hamilton on the DL
– Neftali Feliz on the DL
– Delino Deshields on the DL
– Nick Tepesch on the DL
– Matt Harrison on the DL
Give as much credit as you can to Jeff Bannister. He’s kept this team afloat with the absence of many of his key players and the men in the dugout have rallied behind his leadership. It seems the Rangers magic is back and the players are having fun on the field again.
A lot of players have been playing well including Prince Fielder, who has had an all-star caliber year at the plate for Texas, but the most enticing storyline of the year thus far has been the emergence of Joey Gallo.
The rookie sensation performed well early but has fizzled as of late. His batting average is down to .222 but he has notched 5 HR’s and 10 RBI’s since his debut.
Gallo is 21-years-old and at times plays like it. But his raw ability and baseball instincts are unquestioned. This man is going to be a player and with Beltre and Hamilton out a little while longer, he’ll be needed.
With baseball being one of the only major sports going on at the moment, there will be a lot more Rangers talk posted to JBrightSports. Stay tuned.