Last night's game reminded me of the 2011 playoff Rangers. The formula then was to survive shaky starting pitching, put up enough runs to beat a tough pitcher, and then hand it to the dominant back end of the bullpen for three innings. That's the way the Rangers played it last night. And thanks to Adrian Beltre's continued baseball slaughtering, the offense was able to put enough runs on the board against David Price.
That was a pretty good win.
T.R. Sullivan's game recap focuses on Beltre and the bullpen. Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams, and Joe Nathan pitched an inning apiece and each collected two strikeouts while not allowing a baserunner. It was impressive.
Jeff Wilson writes about Beltre, the bullpen, and the game while also tackling the bad news: Derek Holland wasn't very good. Holland admits that he didn't have his best stuff but feels like he battled.
Evan Grant has some notes on last night's game. How ridiculous is Adrian Beltre right now? From Grant:
Over his last 12 games, Beltre is hitting .447 with a 1.459 OPS. He has six homers and 16 RBIs in that 12-game stretch.
The Rangers are once again on Beltre's back.
MLB.com's Mike Bauman writes about the battle between the powerful Ranger offense in Arlington and the stingy Ray pitching from Tampa with the bats coming out on top this time.
Durrett writes about the back of the bullpen going to work last night.
Anthony Andro has a piece on Michael Young making his return to the team last night after missing the last few games on paternity leave.
After a night where Adrian Beltre shined on ESPN, David Schoenfield attempts to build a case where Beltre could eventually be considered Hall of Fame worthy.
Drew Davison has some notes on Mike Napoli not feeling quite ready to begin a rehab assignment, Young's return, Beltre winning A.L. Player of the Week, and other items.
Lastly, T.R. Sullivan's Notebook covers Yu Darvish's return tonight and the Rangers hosting "Japan America Friendship Night," more on Napoli's rehab timetable, and various other notes.