OAKLAND — When requested if he would play down his possibilities of sweeping A this weekend and incomes .500 for the first time this season, Rangers supervisor Chris Woodward chuckled.
“[Heck] no,” he acknowledged. “I’m very acutely aware of that, and I imagine your entire clubhouse may very well be very acutely aware that we are going to not hand over.”
Even so, Sunday afternoon’s remaining draw in the direction of A was a sloppy affair that featured 5 Rangers errors and a walk-off from Jed Lowrie of Oakland as Texas fell, 6-5, and failed to complete a second sweep of the season.
“It was very sloppy,” Woodward acknowledged after the game. “I don’t want to enter all the details. It’s merely quite a few little points — like baserunning, some lack of execution, merely not-so-good intentions [in] bat subject. I merely hoped for additional in the intervening time. Nevertheless we have now now to water it. We have now been participating in good baseball to at the moment. Now we have now to get once more on that airplane and play successfully tomorrow.”
Regardless of how the ultimate assortment went, Rangers made a steady 10-game avenue journey, which incorporates a win over AL leaders West on the Astros and a two-game break up in the direction of the Angels. Texas took three of 4 from Oakland for a 5-5 report on the road.
Listed below are three takeaways from the 10-game run and the place Rangers are going from proper right here:
Safety have to be improved
Fielding error is motive No. 1 Rangers could not shut the gathering sweeping A. Their 5 errors are to date the most effective in a season having made merely 4 errors of their closing 9 video video games. Going into Sunday, Texas has the ninth most errors throughout the MLB with 29.
Rather more beautiful was that Gold Glove’s second participant Marcus Semien made two errors, one amongst which straight led to an A score for the game to tie Chad Pinder’s singles on the bottom of the eighth inning.
Woodward harassed that the pitching couldn’t be good daily, and that the workers had pitched too successfully to not have a safety to once more up his efforts.
“The dearth of execution on the defensive side is type of irritating,” acknowledged Woodward. “It was very beautiful, to be reliable. We put quite a few enjoyment of that. I do know these of us work truly laborious. We had some points initially of the season. The day received right here up, and as I acknowledged, shocking is without doubt one of the easiest methods to elucidate it, because of I perceive how laborious these of us work. I actually really feel we’re in a position to play. Maybe it’s merely a sort of video video games.”
Bats are alive and successfully
Rangers dropped three of 4 to the Astros to start out out the journey, scoring merely 4 rounds in that assortment. Nevertheless throughout the subsequent six video video games — two in Anaheim and 4 in Oakland — Texas have on no account scored decrease than three elements, along with an 11-point effort in Saturday’s win over workforce A.
Optimistic, the A’s are good at rebuilding their group, nonetheless they aren’t absolutely with out throwing experience, and Rangers may merely bounce on their starters all through a four-game draw.
Not solely that, nonetheless Texas produced additional than merely prolonged balls, regardless that it hit 12 in the course of 10 video video games.
“We’re even [getting] loads of low-cost photos on the opponent’s courtroom,” acknowledged Woodward. “That is one factor we preach a lot about. For those who’ll be hit, you are hit meaning, not with a mud ball to the side of the pull. We acquired increased at it. It’s solely good at bat after good. We have now had additional rounds repeatedly the place it has been like that – one after the other.
Pitching has been an asset to Rangers
Speaking of pitching, Rangers’ pitching workers have been remarkably reliable by way of the month of Would possibly, highlighted by Martín Pérez’s full resurgence on the prime of the rotation.
The newest bias could advocate that Bullpen Rangers blew a 4-0 lead on Sunday to A, nonetheless these defensive miscues contributed larger than something.
Pérez can not and won’t shutout every time he comes out – as he did in the direction of the Astros throughout the assortment’ solely win – nonetheless the starters have gone deep into the game and saved the stress off the bullpens all by way of the newest stretch.
Even on Sunday, when starter Dane Dunning landed himself two early jams at base, he relentlessly coached them to take care of Rangers throughout the sport.
“Really, that [been like that] for lots of the season,” Dunning acknowledged. “I imagine the first 10 video video games or so we had been in a troublesome state of affairs by the use of pitching, nonetheless after that, we put it collectively and locked it in. Now we have now a very proficient pitching workers, from our knowledge with the veterans to the experience of the youthful players, and this could be a good group. I imagine everybody appears to be pulling the an identical strings, and hopefully, we’re in a position to start over proper right here.”