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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

T.R. Sullivan recaps the Rangers‘ 14-1 pummeling of the Seattle Mariners in the road trip finale from yesterday.

Jeff Wilson reacts to the win that made the road trip more palatable for Texas after they started things off with five straight losses.

Evan Grant notes that the Rangers did indeed score 29 runs in their two wins over the weekend but they also allowed just two as Mike Minor and Lance Lynn stepped up for back-to-back quality efforts.

Wilson checks in on Hunter Pence who is hitting well and happy with how things are going so far in Texas.

As Jay Jaffe of Fangraphs notes, Joey Gallo is also off to a good start at the plate and especially so at his particular speciality of smacking the ball extremely hard.

Wilson writes about why Gallo was given the day off yesterday to mentally and physically recharge.

Sullivan notes that Gallo’s patience at the plate could eventually turn the tide on the calls he gets from umpires (which is incredibly infuriating that this is a thing that is true).

Grant writes about Shin-Soo Choo’s remarkable run of getting on base, specifically when leading off a game.

Levi Weaver offers his weekly review of what’s been going on with the Rangers which included the annual bad times in Oakland before Texas handed the Mariners a couple of butt stompings over the weekend to alleviate the terrible taste of the Taylor Hearn debacle.

Grant writes that Elvis Andrus is leading the Rangers by example these days as one of the best hitters in baseball so far this year.

Jamey Newberg continues his series on what a Rangers roster could look like with the contention window wide open with an examination of the pitching options.

And, lastly, Will Leitch names the best throwback jersey for each MLB team with Texas’ being the only Rangers jersey that’s probably ever been featured on a NIKE poster.

Have a nice day.