So, I was wrong. I’m embarrassed. I won’t be mad if you decide to never read this blog again. Everything about the Rangers pointed to a team on the downward slope. Injuries, slumps, you name it. I said I wouldn’t be surprised if they were five games back after the St. Louis series. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Not only did they win 3 of 4 from Oakland, which I never thought would happen, they then went into St. Louis and swept the best team in baseball. They followed that by wining 2 of 3 in New York and then went home and beat another VERY good National League team (the Reds) 2 out of 3. In fact, at one point, the only two games they had lost were Yu Darvish starts, which I NEVER would have predicted. And yet Derek Holland, who had been really struggling, went into the Bronx and became the first pitcher to throw a complete game shutout at Yankee Stadium since 1997. They have now won 1o out of their last 13 and are a half game up on the A’s in the division. And things are continuing to look “up.”
They have two series coming up with crappy teams, Seattle and Houston. Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando finally look like they are both on track to joining the team soon. Martin Perez has been good in his two starts since coming up again from AAA. Engel Beltre has been very good in his stint with the club. Leonys Martin looks to have finally developed into the every day player management thought he could be. Ian Kinsler is back, and for the most part, proving to be the catalyst the team made him out to be in his absence (although he’s hitless in his last four games). And, the pitching has not gotten as bad as I thought it would get. Justin Grimm has won his last two starts. Nick Tepesch has been serviceable in his last two. Holland is coming off what might be his best outing EVER. And Yu looked great on Saturday, after having a couple of rough outings. If he continues to throw his fastball like he did against Cincinnati, I think he still might win close to 20 games.
After the Houston series, they head to Baltimore and that will be another tough road trip. 4 games against their ex-boyfriend Chris Davis will be a test. Anyone want to take an over/under on how many homeruns Davis hits in that series? The guy is just having a monster season. He’s hitting .332, with 31 HRs, and 80 RBIs, before the All-Star break. He also has 35 BBs and 25 doubles. For lack of a better analogy, he’s putting up video game numbers. Can he continue to do this the rest of the season? Who knows. But those stats are better than what 90%+ of the players in the majors will have for the entire season, and we aren’t even half way through yet. Man, I wish we had him back. Hamilton shamilton.
Anyhow, some good baseball coming up. Any guesses on who from the Rangers, if anyone, makes the All-Star team?