Thursday, June 27, 2013

Week's recap.

Going to start off by saying this 1998 Donruss Signature Series autographed card of former Ranger Fernando Tatis has little to do with the events of the past week. Well, maybe a little but not much.

When I last posted Texas was two games into a four game series with Oakland and still on shaky ground coming off their six game losing streak. have they managed to turn things around.

The Rangers finished up their disasterous home stand by taking three of four from the A's. That was a good turn around but the team was headed to St. Louis to take on the best team in baseball in their home park. That's not a receipe for success.

The Rangers didn't seem to care about the odds. They took three of three to sweep the Redbirds at home. Included in the series was a gem of a game by top pitching prospect Martin Perez. The final game was an over-night affair as the result of a three hour rain delay but the wait was worthwhile. That series put Texas back on top of the American League West. Unfortunately they are sharing the spot with those Swinging A's.

Monday off and Tuesday saw a series in The Belly of The Beast start off against the drama-filled Yankees. Ichiro hammered a walk-off homer Tuesday night to start the series. Last night the Rangers bounced back and grabbed an 8-5 win over The Evil Empire. Today's the rubber match.

In addition to the rally in the standings there has been good news on the rehab front from Alexi Ogando and Joakim Soria. Soria is looking to be on the mound by the All-Star break and Ogando shortly thereafter.

Craig Gentry did get sent to the Disabled List for a stress fracture in his left hand. He won't bee back until after the All-Star break. That injury resulted in Engle Beltre getting the call from Triple A. Not sure how much effect this will really have though since Leonys Martin has been hitting .441 in his last ten games or so. Finally getting used to Major League pitching I guess.

All in all things are looking much better in Texas than they were the last week. Now to see if the team can ride this hot streak into the All-Star break.
1998 Donruss Signature Series - Fernando Tatis
1998 Donruss Signature Series - Fernando Tatis

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