Season record: 75-81
Week 26 record: 1-4
Series record: 18-20, 12 splits
Of course I had this recap all but complete before Sunday’s game, pretty much expecting the Texas Rangers to get swept by Oakland, so what did they do? They came out swinging and finally won a game this week.
While they manged to end their road season on a win, their hopes of ending the season on a high note with a record of better than .500 crumbled completely last week. Not only did they end their road season with not one win in Houston all season, giving Astros their 100th win and clinching a post-season berth, they went to Oakland all but forgot how to play baseball until Sunday Afternoon.
On this road trip the Rangers were outscored 30-14 and all but three of their runs came off home runs. Of their 10 homers this week, only two were multiple runs.
Although they didn’t look completely out of it in Houston, with close scores of 4-1 and 3-2, Oakland managed to do what Oakland always seems to do to the Rangers in September, embarrass them. The Rangers managed just two hits on Friday, and were down 7-0 before they could get out of the first inning on Saturday, with their starter, Brock Burke going just 0.2 innings. Luckily, with Lance Lynn pitching on Sunday, the Rangers managed to score four before he even took the mound and they were not only able to hold on to that lead but continue to add to it.
It also looks like the Rangers won’t be seeing Joey Gallo or Hunter Pence at all for the rest of the season.
So it’ll be interesting to see how the Rangers wrap up their season with a final home stand at Globe Life Park ever against Boston Red Sox, who hasn’t been looking that great as of late and has been eliminated from the postseason, and the New York Yankees who have clinched the American League East and looking for home field advantage throughout postseason.