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Texas Rangers Week 10: Taking the Second Wild Card Spot

The Rangers continue to play well, defying the odds

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

Season record: 30-27

Week 9 record: 5-2

Series record: 10-5, 3 splits (April home series against Oakland is TBD since Saturday’s game was postponed until June 8th)

The last week of May turning to June was a very good week for the Texas Rangers. They started the week right at .500 and ended it three games over, taking second place in the AL West and the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

After taking the last two games in Seattle, they headed home after their first .500 road trip of the season.

On their longest home stand of the season, with 11 games in 10 days, the Rangers would start off with a four game set to close out their season series with the Kansas City Royals.

Of the four games, it seemed as though the first three games would be the most winnable as the Rangers would have Minor, Jurado and Lynn on the mound for those games. However, the Rangers managed to drop the game Minor pitched on Thursday. He had a runner on base in every inning (he went five innings.) He went into the sixth inning but that’s where he gave up his runs. Facing six batters, he gave up a single, single, homer, single before being pulled.

Friday’s game was a special start for Jurado as his parents were in the states for the first time and go to see their son pitch for the first time in person in the big leagues. Jurado went six innings, have up two runs on five hits and three walks and struck out six. The Rangers were trailing 2-0 until the sixth inning where they tied the game thanks to an Elvis Andrus RBI single and a bases loaded walk by Nomar Mazara.

They scored the next four runs on Joey Gallo’s first career grand slam.

In Saturday’s game, Gallo hit another home run but was in taken out of the game in his third at-bat after reaching for his side twice. The Rangers ended up putting him on the 10-day injured list on Sunday, calling Delino DeShields back up from Nashville.

They also called up David Carpenter for the bullpen.

The Rangers have an off-day on Monday, and take a three game winning streak entering Tuesday’s series opener against the Baltimore Orioles who are currently last place in the American League with an 18-41 record.

Also, if you were curious how this team’s record compares to the last Texas Rangers team to start a season with a new manager and coming off a 67-95 season: