The Texas Rangers lost unquestionably their best player and AL MVP candidate Joey Gallo on the first day of June. Two days later, they had a day off following an Adrian Sampson 11 strikeout performance to take a series from the Kansas City Royals.
That day off would be Texas’ last until tomorrow as the Rangers played 21 games in the last 20 days thanks to a doubleheader against the A’s that was crammed in an already exhausting summer schedule.
The thing is, this stretch should have sunk the Rangers. It included a trip to Boston that was supposed to be their undoing and even the hot Indians were supposed to mow them down when they returned home this week.
Texas split with those two teams, never lost a series in the entire three weeks and finished the brutal trial with an overall record of 12-9 after Sampson bookended things by helping the Rangers to a series win against the White Sox in today’s finale.
Now the Rangers are back to their six games above .500 season high-water mark and they get Gallo back.
Player of the Game: Sampson struggled mightily in his last two starts but he bounced back against Chicago today by tossing seven innings of one-run ball. It took a lot of nervous moments from the back end of the bullpen in the final frames but Sampson is a winner for the sixth time this season.
Up Next: Sweet, sweet rest. Then the Rangers go to Detroit on Tuesday to open a series which will see them play 13 games in 13 days all the way up to the All-Star break. That’s right. From June 3 to the All-Star Game, the Rangers will play 34 baseball games in 34 days.