The Texas Rangers looked bad for most of July. High ERA, no timely hitting, bad bull pen, bad defense. That seems to be turning around here of late.
The Rangers have now won 2 in a row, and have won 5 of the last 8 games played. Also, Rougned Odor and Mitch Moreland are putting on a show at the plate. I am also very impressed with Jurickson Profar being willing to play anywhere to get in the game. He is something special.
Whenever a team is struggling the way the Rangers have been, it makes fans nervous. Losing streaks happen, and the good teams put them behind them and move on. The Rangers seem to have done that.
Baseball is the longest of all the sports, and in order to follow baseball closely, it is important for fans to remember that it is a long season. The Rangers are still very good. I think they are set up to win the division, and I can’t wait to see how the reat of the season goes.
In some news this afternoon, the Texas Rangers and Braves have made a trade. The Rangers get RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez from the Braves, while they get minor league 2nd base prospect Travis Demeritte.
Harrell is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA this season in 5 starts (29.1 innings) with the Braves.
Alvarez is 3-1 with a 3.oo ERA with 16 appearences for the Braves. He has 28 strikeouts to 5 walks with the Braves. Both will come straight to the Rangers, according to sources.
Demeritte is a minor league second baseman who has only played as high as A+ ball.
The Rangers get some pitching help, including a guy that could be the 5th starter for the rest of the season, while the Braves get a future infielder.
This is probably not the big trade that all fans wanted, but there is nothing to say that the Rangers are done yet. All in all, the Rangers got two pitchers on the cheap, and in my opinion, it was worth it if either of these players work out.
The Rangers now have a rotation of Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, AJ Griffin, Martin Perez, and now Lucas Harrell. He should get the start on Sunday against the Royals if the rotation holds.