The Texas Rangers have now played 16 games and that holds a bit of significance because that means 10% of the season has now concluded. Seems crazy to think that a big round percentage of the baseball season is already over with but then you realize it already seems like we’ve settled into this thing and there’s still 90% to go.
Still, if you played out this season extrapolating the scope of just this 10%, after beating the Angels 5-0 tonight, you’d find the currently 9-7 Rangers as a 90-win team.
Are the Rangers going to win 90 games this season? Probably not. But in a now not totally miniscule sample that we have to work with so far, they’ve played at that pace. That’s pretty neat!
Asdrubal Cabrera getting a home run that clanked off Kole Calhoun’s glove is also neat:
Player of the Game: Tonight the Rangers didn’t win in the same way we’ve sort of become accustomed to in that they didn’t need a whole bunch of late runs because they had a starting pitcher who didn’t allow any.
Mike Minor gave the Rangers a three-hit complete game shutout with just two walks to go along with seven strikeouts on just 103 pitches. It was the best start of Minor’s career and the best start of the season by a Rangers pitcher by far. In the last few weeks, the only other outing that even sort of came close was Minor’s seven inning, seven K scoreless start against a tougher lineup from Houston back in the opening homestand of the season.
Also, Joey Gallo went Popcorn Cart again:
Up Next: The Rangers and Angels close out this series with Texas turning to Lance Lynn. The Rangers will be hoping for their season-high fourth consecutive win and their first series sweep of the season against against RHP Matt Harvey for Anaheim. First pitch from The Ballpark on Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.