The Rangers started their longest road trip of the season, 11 games, by taking 3 of 4 against the Detroit Tigers. Yu Darvish helped them end it with a bang by tossing 8 scoreless innings and striking out 12 while leading Texas to the win and a 7-4 road trip. Darvish improved his record to 5-2 and Texas improved their road record to 16-15 and 29-28 overall.
Texas now comes back to Arlington for 9 games against Baltimore (3 games), Cleveland (4 games), and Miami (2 games). Those teams have a combined record of 83-85. Hopefully after a successful road trip the Rangers can bring that mojo back to Texas. With Oakland still playing out of their mind and the Angels playing solid baseball the Rangers need to win these series.
I understand there are still 105 games left on the Rangers schedule but they can ill afford to keep dropping games in the AL West. It seems like the team loses a key guy every week but they have not quit or layed down. This team has taken the personality of its skipper in Ron Washington and played 100% every game. This team has received contributions from players people didn’t even know of heading into 2014. Young pitchers have kept them in ballgames as well as players such as Rougned Odor and Louis Sardinas coming up and playing key roles for this team. Alex Rios hasn’t disappointed and Shin-Soo Choo has shown that he was worth the money.
This team doesn’t look good on paper but the game is played on the field and this team has the confidence right now that they can compete with anyone. Joe Saunders takes the mound Tuesday to start the home stand against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Baltimore Orioles. Most fans, like myself, didn’t want to see Saunders take the mound for Texas again this year. If he can duplicate his last outing, but bring down his pitch count, Texas has a chance to start the home stand with a win. Let’s just hope they can continue at home what they just did on the road.