Season record: 42-36
Week 13 record: 4-3
Series record: 13-5, 7 splits
The Texas Rangers had another week of a splitting a four game series and winning a three games series. This brought to an end their stretch of 21 games in 20 days, ending that streak with a 12-9 record. They’re now 6.5 games back from first place in the division (thanks to a seven game losing streak by the Astros) and a 0.5 game back in the second American League Wild Card behind Cleveland (Boston is a 0.5 game behind the Rangers).
The Rangers have now had a streak of eight series in a row in which they’ve won or split. Their last series loss was at the end of May against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers also now have a streak of seven games with multiple home runs. A large part of that due to the hot streak Mazara had this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.
Mazara hit three home runs, one of which being the MLB leading 505 ft. homer on Friday that went in the second deck home run porch, just a few rows from the back window.
Sunday’s game was a close one that the Rangers almost loss in the 8th inning after Peter Fairbanks loaded the bases and then walked in a run with one out. Brett Martin came in the game for one out before Shawn Kelley was called upon for a four out save. Kelley has looked a bit shaky at times throughout his last few outings, but Sunday he went 1.1 innings and struck out two.
The Rangers go into this week with a very much needed and much deserved off-day on Monday. Then they’ll go on a streak of 13 games until their three day break for the All-Star Game. The Rangers start this week in Detroit for three games. Detroit is currently 26-47, 22 games back from first place in the Central division. They’re also on a four game losing streak after being swept by Cleveland this weekend and splitting a series at Pittsburgh in the middle of last week.
The Rangers will face Jordan Zimmerman who has made seven starts this season after being put on the I.L. at the end of April for a right elbow UCL sprain. He was just activated on June 19th, Tuesday’s game will be the second game back. He went four innings against Pittsburgh upon his return and gave up three runs on five hits and one walk, and he struck out four.
Tuesday will be Jesse Chavez’s second start this season, his first as an official part of the rotation.
Wednesday’s game will feature Mike Minor and Matt Boyd on the mound. Boyd is 5-5 in 16 games with a 3.61 ERA. In his last start, he went 6.0 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
In Thursday’s getaway game, Ariel Jurado will take the mound for the Rangers. Rookie RHP, Spencer Turnbull, will take the mound for the Tigers. He’s 3-7 in 16 games with a 3.29 ERA. In his last start against Cleveland, he went five innings and gave up two run son six hits and two walks and he struck out four.
The Rangers are also likely to activate Joey Gallo for Tuesday’s game. Gallo has been on the I.L. since June 2nd for a left oblique strain.