Season record: 34-34
Week 11 Record: 4-2
Series Record: 10-11, 2 splits
In a season where the Astros have dominated, the world seemed to right itself when the Rangers took two of three at Houston to start the week. It helped that the Rangers missed both Keuchel and McCullers due to DL stints. It also helped that the Rangers continued the momentum from sweeping the Nationals.
With two 10-4 wins against Seattle, not only did they easily win the series, it was a good start to the beginning of a 20 game stretch. Friday’s game included Napoli, Gomez, and Beltre all in the same lineup and healthy for the first time this season. Saturday’s included all three plus Gallo and Mazara. With no one seeming to truly be slumping, the lineup appeared to have no holes. And if you’re keeping up with strikeouts per game, they only had six strikeouts each of those games.
We also got our first glimpse of Tyson Ross who went 5.2 IP, gave up two runs on two hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. I’ll take that any day from a pitcher coming off a long DL stint.