Less than a week ago, things looked pretty bleak for the Texas Rangers, who had recently relinquished their lead of the American League West to the Oakland Athletics and were fresh off a six-game losing streak. To make matters worse, they were set to host the incoming and super-hot A’s ball club in an early but highly crucial four-game series.
Now, four days after the series began, things appear to be looking up for the Rangers after an incredible, game-saving throw-out at home plate by Elvis Andrus in the final inning of today’s fourth game preserved the series win for the team.
It was a much-needed series win for the Rangers in the division race, pulling them back within one game of the Athletics, and more importantly, helping them regain the momentum they’d recently lost.
The series didn’t go as most baseball fans probably would have planned with the Rangers’ sole loss surprisingly coming from Rangers’ ace, Yu Darvish, in what was probably his worst game of the season. Instead, the Rangers were forced to rely on starters Nick Tepesch, Justin Grimm, Josh Lindblom, and their bullpen move them back into the win column.
On the offensive side of the ball the Rangers, who had been struggling at the plate, seemed to find ways to get guys home scoring 23 runs in the four-game stretch.
Baseball is certainly a game of ups and downs, but the Rangers desperately needed a change in momentum, which they found by grabbing three out of four from their fiercest division rival.
Yes, it is June, but the Rangers needed something to happen, and the fact that they made it happen against the A’s is the perfect scenario for them moving forward, especially as the team heads to Busch Stadium to take on the MLB-leading St. Louis Cardinals which certainly won’t be easy. At least now, however, the team should be able to carry with them a new, regained confidence.