Good morning. The Rangers finished their ten game road trip with a record of 5-5. A .500 road trip is about what you should hope for even for a good team. Win the home series, split the road series, and such.
So why did that road trip still feel kind of bad? Probably because all five of the losses came consecutively and the Rangers won two of the three series but still only played .500 ball thanks to a deflating loss to Kansas City a week ago and then a disaster of a series against Baltimore.
So, with the season circling the drain and the vultures ready to pick apart their carcass, the Rangers went and swept their immediate Wild Card competition in their building.
I don’t know. The 2017 Rangers are remarkably consistent at not being consistent at all.
Stefan Stevenson reacts to the sweep and win where if you were a Rays fan this weekend you’re probably real mad at the Rangers right about now.
After another stellar effort by the relievers on Sunday, Evan Grant examines how the no-roles alignment has suited the bullpen so far.
It helps that the bullpen is also getting healthier as Stevenson writes about Keone Kela pitching for the first time this month on Saturday.
Grant gets us prepared for Trade Deadline Week which still could mean anything at this point.
Mike Petriello writes at MLB Dot Com that, get this, acquiring Yu Darvish would strengthen any contender. Maybe the Rangers should consider acquiring Yu Darvish?
David Schoenfield writes that after Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg both left games early with nagging injuries on Sunday, the pursuit and price for Darvish just went up.
Jon Paul Morosi writes that the Rangers would want two of Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Willie Calhoun and/or Yadier Alvarez for Darvish with Buehler being the toughest get.
Joe Frisaro previews tonight’s opener between the Rangers and Marlins with Texas opening up a nine game homestand that will likely define their season one way or the other.
The MLB Cut4 gang notes that good guy Derek Holland paid tribute to Rangers’ superfan Sister Frances Evans who passed away on Friday.
And, lastly, Jeff Anastasio at WFAA remembers Sister Frances who was with this team from the very beginning. Rest in Peace, Sister.
Have a nice day!