Despite recently falling under .500, the Rangers enter the very end of July just four games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot, and as a result, they pulled off one of the most monumental trades of this year’s trade deadline season. For pitcher Matt Harrison and a handful of minor leaguers, the Rangers were able to lure in Cole Hamels from the Phillies, giving them a legitimate No. 1 at the top of their rotation.

Hamels, 31, debuted for the Phillies in 2006 and has been the team’s ace of the staff through the best and worst of times. The three-time All-Star was a key cog on the Phillies’ 2008 World Series team, where Hamels won MVP awards in both the NLCS and World Series. With the Phillies embarking on a lengthy rebuilding plan, both parties didn’t want Hamels’ career to end on a sputtering franchise with zero to play for. It was a true win-win for both sides.

As for the Rangers, Hamels came with quite a price tag. Top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and minor league pitchers Alec Asher, Jake Thompson and Jerad Eickhoff were sent to Philadelphia, not to mention Harrison, a proven left-hander at the Major League level. The deal was described as the Phillies getting “three quarters, two dimes and a nickel” for Hamels, which is a positive thing for a franchise in need of talent in multiple spots.

In a season where the Rangers were projected to have a little difficulty climbing back up the AL West after last year’s disaster, Texas finds itself in the playoff race with 59 games remaining. With secondary market ticket information provided by SeatSmart.com, below are the most expensive Rangers tickets for the upcoming crucial month of August.

8/22/2015 | Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers | Comerica Park | Average Price: $71.84 | Get-in Price: $14

The Tigers went from being the class of the American League Central division to possibly being sellers at the trade deadline. If the Tigers get rid of Yoenis Cespedes, David Price or any of their high-priced, non-controlled players, Detroit Tigers ticket prices may fall by the wayside. For now, this is the most expensive Rangers game in August, and could carry important implications for both teams if the Tigers d

8/8/2015 | Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers | Safeco Field | Average Price: $68.57 | Get-in Price: $23

Seattle has a longer way to go to catch up to the American League Wild Card teams than the Rangers, but baseball history has proven they are not completely out of the running yet. If the Rangers want to make a serious run at one of the spots, they cannot afford to lose many games to teams they are currently better than, like the Mariners.

8/29/2015 | Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles | Globe Life Park | Average Price: $68.35 | Get-in Price: $7 |

The most expensive home game for Texas is when they host the Orioles towards the end of the month. But with a get-in price of $7, it’s a great value deal for fans looking to see playoff quality baseball for that low of a price. The Orioles won the AL East division last year, but find themselves in the same spot as the Rangers, chasing the two Wild Card clubs.

The quirky stat coming from the Hamels trade is that he is the first pitcher in Major League history to be traded during a season after throwing a no-hitter, according to ESPN.

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Division Series Against the Big Boys

by Ben Dieter on July 24, 2015

Gallardo_YovaniThe Texas Rangers go to Anaheim starting tonight to play against the red hot Angels. The Angles have established themselves over the last few weeks as the team to beat in the American League West at the least, and maybe in the whole American League right now.

 

The Angels are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they have been hitting the cover off of the ball. Tonight Lewis takes the hill to try and slow down the Angels attack, and he has pitched pretty well (1-0, 3.14 ERA in his last two starts) of late. I really hope that Lewis can battle and that the Rangers can get some hits against the Angels Nick Tropeano, a rookie that is being called up for tonight’s start.

 

With all the trade rumors about the Texas Rangers out there, tomorrow night could very well be Yovani Gallardo‘s last start as a Texas Ranger. He is apparently being highly sought after from several clubs according to sources. If you want to see him in person, you could always book flights to Anaheim through Hipmunk.com to see the Rangers play against Trout and the Angels. With most major airlines available, a destination baseball getaway is a few clicks away, including three Anaheim hotel reservations starting from under $80 that can be made through Hipmunk as well. Gallardo has had a great season for the Texas Rangers, he has a 2.91ERA on the season.

Sunday Nick Martinez makes his second start since returning from AAA ball, and his first one didn’t go so well. I hope that Nick can get it together, I really do. I like Nick and think he can be a great starter, but he has some work to do to prove it.

All in all, I think the Rangers will be happy if they get out of Anaheim with 1 win, but it will be tough the way that the Angels are playing right now. It will also be interesting to see how the crowd reacts to Josh Hamilton tonight.

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Should Adrian Beltre Sit?

July 20, 2015

Sponsored Links Adrian Beltre is having a rough time right now at the plate, and the reason is most likely the thumb that he injured a while back that he admitted today is still giving him problems.   Beltre on whether playing is right move: “Good question.” Banister not as concerned. Why Beltre might be […]

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Will the Disappointment Continue?

July 20, 2015

The Texas Rangers started off after the break with a dreadful series against the Houston Astros, losing two out of three games, and the third game, the game after a benches clearing incident, the Texas Rangers were the deadest I can remember seeing them all season long. The bats didn’t show up, the pitching didn’t […]

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Texas Rangers Start Second Half in Houston

July 17, 2015

Now that the All-Star Break is over, the Texas Rangers travel to Houston to take on the Astros. With a terrific start at home and a strong pitching staff, it’s becoming difficult to travel to Minute Maid Park and pick up victories. Watch the Rangers play the Astros on the road by booking Houston flights […]

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