Texas Rangers Pitching Has Them in First Place

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After losing three of four games to the Cleveland Indians and getting swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers embarked on a stretch of games against the best in MLB. The past two weeks has seen the Rangers play the Oakland Athletics, the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds. After taking three of four from the division leading Athletics, the Rangers proceeded to sweep the league leading Cardinals in St. Louis. The Rangers took two of three from both the Yankees and the Reds.

With the current streak against the league’s best, the Rangers find themselves once again in first place in the division. Sitting a half game up in the West, Texas is playing some of the best baseball of the season. What’s most impressive about this team is they are currently where they are thanks to the pitching. Yu Darvish, despite not getting any run supports, has an ERA under three. As a team, the Rangers pitching staff has a 3.64 ERA. Of the 81 games played, the Rangers starters have a combined 38 quality starts.

On Sunday afternoon against the Reds, Darvish out-dueled Mat Latos as the Rangers came out with a 3-2 win and another series win. Nobody seems to understand how they have pieced together the pitching staff like they have but Ron Washington has done an outstanding job with this team. With Neftali FelizColby Lewis and Matt Harrison all out with injuries, the Rangers have relied on Tanner Scheppers and Justin Grimm to put them in a position to compete day in and day out. The rookies have answered the bell too. With reinforcements hopefully on the way, the Rangers pitching staff is poised to make a run late into October.

 

Greg Higgins is an MLB contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457.

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