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They are trying to let the Astros back into it just so they can bury them head-to-head (the Rangers are 9-1 vs. the Astros this season), right?
They are 2-5 against the Twins and were outscored by them by 32 runs. That's an excellent example of how weird this, our baseball, can be.
So I put them first and then they go out and lose five of their next six, including a series loss to the Twins? Sad!
Since a loss on May 18, the Rangers are 29-8. It doesn't matter if we think they'll keep playing at that pace. These rankings are a snapshot in time. Right now, the Rangers have the look of baseball's best team. We'll see how long it lasts, because I suspect the Cubs will have something to say again very soon (as might the Indians, Orioles or Giants).
They lost to the Reds on Tuesday in blowout fashion, but it happens. Prior to that, the Rangers had won 24 of their last 30.
The bullpen ERA is still north of 5.00. There have only been four teams in MLB history to make the postseason with a bullpen ERA over 5.00: The 1921 Yankees (before the bullpen was a huge deal), the 1997 Mariners (huge offensive era), the 1987 Twins (huge offensive season) and the 2005 Red Sox (huge offensive era).
It's funny how things work, right? The Shin-Soo Choo injury freed Nomar Mazara and the Rougned Odor punch freed Jurickson Profar.
It's hard not to root for Jurickson Profar after he missed nearly two full seasons due to injury. He's still only 23 and doing very well so far, hitting .348 with a triple and home run in five games since being recalled.
Really getting late here, Prince Fielder. Time to start hitting any day now.
Late free agent signee Ian Desmond was awful through tax day. Since then, he's hit .340/.400/.534 with 10 doubles, a triple and six homers in 27 games and is well on his way to looking like one of the bigger bargains. Of course, look no further than his tale of two seasons to realize that could change quickly.
2017 Team Leaders
AVGElvis Andrus , SS.297
HRJoey Gallo , 3B41
RBINomar Mazara , RF101
OBPShin-Soo Choo , RF.357
SLGJoey Gallo , 3B.537
RElvis Andrus , SS100
SBDelino DeShields , LF29
WMartin Perez , SP13
ERAAndrew Cashner , SP3.40
WHIPAndrew Cashner , SP1.32
KMartin Perez , SP115
SVAlex Claudio , RP11

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