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A three game winning streak for the first time in forever

Brandon Wade

Rangers 10, Braves 3

  • The Rangers have won three games in a row.  The last time the Rangers won three games in a row, it was June 11-14, 2014.  They won at home against Miami, then the first two games of a road trip at Seattle.  The Rangers were at 34-34 at that point.
  • You may recall that road trip, because that's when the free-fall began...Texas lost 5-1 to Seattle to end the series, then won at Oakland, 14-8.  This was a 9 game trip to Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim, and I remember thinking, hey, we've won 3 of 4 already, if we can just go 2-3 over the last five games of this trip, that would be a 5-4 trip, which would be a success, and keep us in the race.
  • Instead, Texas lost the final two at Oakland, lost all three at Anaheim, and then lost three in a row at home against Detroit, dropping the team to 35-43, and pretty much dashing any hopes we had (or at least, I had) of being a contender this year.  Then, after winning two at home against Minnesota, the Rangers lost 14 of 15 to drop to 38-57 on the year.
  • From the last three game winning streak to the beginning of this three game winning streak, the Rangers were 20-58.
  • The last time the Rangers swept a series, it was April 21-23, in Oakland.  The winning pitchers were Neal Cotts, Alexi Ogando, and Martin Perez.  In the Perez game, Prince Fielder hit 4th, Mitch Moreland hit 5th, Donnie Murphy hit 6th, and Josh Wilson hit 9th.
  • Colby Lewis pitched 7 strong innings today, needing just 86 pitches (56 for strikes), giving up 1 run on 5 hits (including a home run), striking out 2 and walking 1.  Lewis has lowered his ERA on the year to 5.12, and continues to provide reason to believe he can be a viable part of the 2015 rotation, if he and the Rangers can agree on a contract.
  • Alex Claudio had a rough 8th inning, as he had trouble with his command in the strike zone, and allowed 2 runs on three hits.  Jon Edwards pitched the 9th, allowing 2 hits, but didn't allow any runs.  Both of these guys are potential 40 man bubble guys, players who could find their 40 man roster spots in jeopardy this offseason, which makes each performance for them that much more meaningful.
  • It was a big day for the bats, with the Rangers picking up 18 hits along with 3 walks.  Leading the charge was Luis Sardinas, who went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.  Sardinas has struggled with the bat since coming back to the majors, but this performance lifted his season line to .271/.307/.313.  Sardinas is an interesting case for the Rangers, as he could potentially be the team's utility infielder in 2015...however, he might have more valuable as a trade chip this offseason, as the Rangers go searching for starting pitching, or he could be sent back to AAA to get regular playing time, rather than start once a week in the majors.
  • Also going 3 for 5 today were Robinson Chirinos and Leonys Martin.  Martin has come on of late offensively, and now has an OPS north of 700 for the season.
  • Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk today, and Michael Choice went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple.  Choice's day, and likely his season, came to a premature end when he strained his hamstring running to second on his double, resulting in him getting lifted for Daniel Robertson.
  • Also picking up a pair of hits today were Adam Rosales and Ryan Rua.  Rosales appears to be Sardinas's main competition for a utility job next year...he's still arbitration-eligible, and I would wager the Rangers will try to strike a deal with him and look to bring him back for 2015.  Rua, meanwhile, was talked up quite a bit by the broadcasters today as a guy who can help in the major leagues as a versatile RH bat, and would seem to be vying with Robertson and Choice for a bench spot next year.
  • J.P. Arencibia even picked up a hit today.  In fact, the only Ranger starter who didn't get a hit today was Adrian Beltre, who is probably worn out from carrying this team all season.