Good morning. I guess the Rangers' baseball circadian rhythm was stuck on West Coast time as they decided to tack on an extra three innings to last night's win.
Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' 4-3 12 inning win which not only dropkicked the Astros to third place in the AL West, but gave Texas a two-game advantage over Cleveland for the best record in the American League.
Jeff Wilson reacts to the win which featured Martin Perez pitching well on the road and the bullpen coming up big in extras.
Evan Grant writes that Rougned Odor's 31st home run of the season in the 12th delivered the knockout blow as the Rangers look to snuff out any hope remaining in Houston.
Wilson writes that the Rangers got good innings not just from Perez but also saw Keone Kela and Jake Diekman bounce back from rough stretches with scoreless outings in extras.
Ryan Posner writes that Carlos Gomez was booed at Minute Maid as expected as Houston fans chose to be salty despite all these flavors.
Grant notes that though Derek Holland is currently a member of the bullpen, he will re-join the rotation at some point and possibly as early as Sunday.
T.R. Sullivan notes that the Rangers are excited about Tanner Scheppers' electric stuff since his return. I went many, many days this season forgetting that Tanner Scheppers even existed so of course he's going to end up being the bullpen ace in October.
ESPN's David Schoenfield tries to figure out who will start Game 1 of a potential playoff series among the remaining contenders. No surprise, he thinks Cole Hamels is that man for Texas.
MLB.com's Tracy Ringolsby writes that the Rangers are already getting big contributions from the players Jon Daniels brought in during the season with an eye on the October prize.
Posner previews tonight's game between the Rangers and Astros as Texas sends A.J. Griffin to the mound against Brad Peacock.
Finally, the DMN crew talk all things postseason pitching on the Ballsy Podcast.
Have a nice day!