Texas Rangers' Bats Stay Hot As Climb Up AL West Standings Continues

By Nick Baker
Chris Gimenez
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers got off to an unexpected slow start to the 2014 MLB season, but now through 51 games they are finally above .500 thanks to a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Memorial Day. Despite recently losing Prince Fielder for the year, the Rangers have been hitting the ball well lately and have scored a combined 31 runs in their last three games — all of which they’ve won.

With a 26-25 record through Monday’s victory the Rangers remain in third place in the AL West, but they’re just five games back of the first place Oakland Athletics who brought a four-game losing streak into their Monday afternoon matchup against the Detroit Tigers.

With a depleted lineup the Rangers were able to collect 11 hits on Monday afternoon, and it was two unsuspecting stars who stepped up and carried the team. Elvis Andrus and Chris Gimenez combined for five hits — two of which were doubles — four RBIs and three runs. They weren’t going up against the best the Twins had to offer on the mound, but getting their third straight victory, and fifth in their last six games, means the Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now.

The Rangers do have a solid pitching staff headlined by Yu Darvish, but they’ve been forced to call up numerous minor leaguers because of injuries to pitchers. Yet they are still winning games because of their underrated offensive lineup. At full strength their lineup is considered one of the best in the American League, but with the injury bug hitting hard this season they are surprising everybody with their current success.

Monday’s matchup was Game 1 of a four game series against the Twins, and with Darvish taking the mound on Tuesday, things continue to look up for this hot Rangers squad that is quickly climbing the AL West standings.

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On Wednesday the Rangers will travel north as the Twins will play their half of the four-game, home-and- home series wherein according to RazorGator Texas Rangers tickets will be going for $29 on average in the contest; however, on Thursday that number dips down to just $22.

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