After the Texas Rangers left California with a six-game lead last weekend over the Los Angeles Angels, many in the baseball world felt like the American League West had likely been tamed.
Not so fast.
Since leaving California the Rangers have won only two games while the Angels went red hot having won six games in a row entering Friday’s game with Texas at the Ballpark in Arlington.
With Texas leading by only two games entering Friday night, the three-game series could possibly have seen a shift in the leader of the AL West if the Angels swept the Rangers.
Thankfully, Texas took the first game of the series on Friday to insure at least a one-game lead once the series ends.
Regardless of what happens with this series, there will be about one month left of baseball to play.
After the three-game series in Texas, the Rangers and Angels will play one more time against each other. That three-game series will be final three games of the regular season in Anaheim, Sept. 26-28. The final game of the series has not been given a start time, in case a national broadcast is needed.
The Week That Was…
Last Saturday and Sunday Texas took two losses to the Chicago White Sox. First a 3-2 edging on Saturday, then Texas took a 10-0 loss on Sunday when Derek Holland started the downside of his roller coaster season.
The first game of the four game series with the Boston Red Sox went well for Texas. C.J. Wilson continued his domination of the Red Sox as Texas cruised to a 4-0 win.
Then the wheels fell off for the rest of the series. Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando all made early exits and the Rangers gave up 11, 13 and six runs respectively en route to losing three games in a row while the Angels were gaining ground in the division.
After the Rangers’ series with the Red Sox, Texas had a 74-58 record, the same record it had after 132 games last year. However, last year Texas led the division by eight games, not two.
With a chance to turn the tide and build on its two-game lead over the Angels, Texas scored 11 runs and was powered by six RBIs from Nelson Cruz to win 11-7 on Friday night.
The Week Ahead…
After finishing its three-game series with Los Angeles, the Rangers’ schedule does not get any easier.
Texas will host Tampa Bay Tuesday-Thursday at the Ballpark and then travel to Boston for a three-game series at Fenway.
If the Angels are going to make a move on the division, the time is now.