The Texas Rangers swept the Anaheim Angels today with a 7-3 win. With the victory, the Rangers are now tied in the standings with the Houston Astros. As I am typing this, the Oakland Athletics are beating the Houston 6-2. Should that score hold, the Rangers would move into sole possession of second place in the American League West.
If you recall the expanded playoff rules, the second place team in each division qualifies for the postseason. So, despite it all, despite everything we’ve seen and wished we hadn’t from the 2020 Texas Rangers thus far, this team is a few fortuitous innings in Oakland, California away from holding a playoff spot with about a quarter of the season in the books.
That’s real wacky, friends.
Today’s win featured an unusually inefficient Lance Lynn but he was able to get through five innings to collect his 100th career big league win. Lynn was an out away from an unblemished line but a two-run Tommy La Stella home run drove his season ERA into the ones.
Lynn finished with a line of 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BBs, 6Ks on 109 pitches.
As for the offense, the game was 1-0 after a two-out Isiah Kiner-Falefa double scored Rob Refsnyder in the bottom of the third but the big inning came when Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrus, and Shin-Soo Choo collected RBI singles in a four-run fourth inning which also featured a Jeff Mathis stolen base.
Player of the Game: Jo Adell epitomized the Mike Trout-era in Anaheim as the greatest player of our generation could only watch on in horror as another piece meant to propel him to team glory went nearly full Canseco:
And now the Angels are 5-11 with the Seattle Mariners breathing down their necks to put them in the cellar in the AL West.
Up Next: The Rangers welcome those Mariners to Arlington for their first look at Seattle this season. Kyle Gibson will once again go for his first win with Texas opposite RHP Justin Dunn for Seattle in Monday’s opener. First pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 8:05 pm CT.