Here’s a wrap-up of the week that was in Texas Rangers baseball. All stats listed are just for the previous week of play.
Rangers Record: 3-4
Overall: 70-50 (1st Place AL West) (+5)
Jalapeno Hot (Offense): David Murphy .385/.429/.769 2 HR 5 RBI
Raspa Cold (Offense): Ian Kinsler .083/.154/.087 6K in 23 AB
Jalapeno Hot (Pitching): Matt Harrison 1-1, 1.88 ERA, 0.77 WHIP in 14.1 IP
Raspa Cold (Pitching): Ryan Dempster 0-1, 12.00 ERA, 8 ER in 6 IP, 1.83 WHIP
Rangers ceded a game and a half in the standings to the A’s but even at 3-4 on the week, put even more space between them and the Angels. The A’s now stand as the likeliest threat to the Rangers defending the AL West crown. After spending 17 of the past 20 games on the road, it’s home cooking all this week at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, facing the Orioles for 3 and the Twins for 4. The A’s are at home for three against the Twins, then hit the road for three at Tampa, with a rare Sunday off. The Angels, who are now closer to the Mariners than they are the Rangers in the standings, are on the road all week at Boston and Detroit. If all plays out as it should, Texas puts more space between themselves and both Oakland and LA by this time next week, with the Magic Number for clinching creeping down into the 20’s.