Season record: 22-38
Week 10 record: 4-3
Series record: 5-12, 2 split
The horrible, awful, terrible season is finally over! And we we’re lucky enough to see the Rangers end it with a three game winning streak against the in-state and all of MLB’s rival, the Houston Astros. Now they couldn’t full spoil the Astros fun by knocking them down to a wild card spot, mostly because the Angels and Mariners could not end the season on a winning streak. However, they did spoil the Astros from being able to celebrate a post-season clinch on the Rangers field because Houston didn’t get that spot until well after Friday’s game was over.
The winning streak and series win over Houston, also helped Texas end the season with a winning home record of 16-14. They also finally won a game with the roof open and a walk-off win!
Also the Rangers had a 6-24 record on the road.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa ended the season leading the Rangers in batting average (.280), runs (28), and stolen bases ( eight, tied with Leody Teveras). Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor tied with leads in homeruns at 10. Thanks to his two homers on Sunday, Odor also ended the season with the most RBIs on the team at 30.
Lance Lynn led the pitching with ERA (3.32), WHIP (1.06), and most innings pitched (89). He pitched the most innings in the majors. Rafael Montero led the team in saves, at eight.
Another positive outcome from this season, seeing the defensive plays from Gallo and Kiner-Falefa.
There was a lot to hate about this season when it comes to how the Rangers played, however getting to see a lot of the young guys, especially the ones who came up straight from single A, made for an optimistic outlook for next season. For those players, this season felt like a good trial run, get used to major league pitching, and fielding, and play with a little less pressure.
Luckily, this was a short season, because I’m not sure any of would’ve loved 100 more games of this season. But maybe that would’ve given them time to adjust to the season too? We’ll never know, but here’s hoping next season will be better.
See ya in 2021!