Rangers are Ready to Roll
- Created on Monday, 18 July 2011 22:34
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
The season is closing in on 100 games and the Texas Rangers appear to be on the right path to make the World Series for a second season in a row.
After heading into the All-Star break riding a seven-game winning streak and have kept those winning ways going following the break with a sweep of the Seattle Mariners bringing the team’s current win streak to 11 games.
“This whole streak we’re on right now is really because of what they have done. They’ve been great,” Mitch Moreland said of the Rangers’ staff. “When you are pitching like that it’s fun to go out and play behind those guys and be a part of it.”
What is more important than the streak itself is the way that the team is winning games. In the seven wins prior to the All-Star break they outscored their opponents 53-22, twice scoring 13 runs and recording shutouts twice.
In the four since the break, it has been more of the same with the Rangers scoring 17 and holding opponents to just two (including two shut outs).
"We were playing well and we expected ourselves to come out and play well," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "The first day of workouts (post break) showed they were ready."
The last time a team won 11 games in a row was last September (the Philadelphia Phillies). Should the Rangers sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the three game series that starts Tuesday in Anaheim, the team will match the franchise record of 14 consecutive wins set back in 1991.
As nice as winning streaks are, the only thing that matters is how well the team does in the post season. With the trade deadline approaching the Rangers are rumored to be in the market for some bullpen help.
The idea is not to get rid of last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, closer Neftali Feliz, but to get him a more reliable set up man. It has been rumored that they may be in the market for San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell.
Bell, who has recorded 73 saves in 77 opportunities dating back to the start of the 2010 season, has stated that he would be fine giving up closing if he were to go to a contender.
“If you’ve got a closer and want me to be the eighth-inning guy, I’ll be the eighth-inning guy,” Bell said. “If the other guy is better than me, we’re going to have a heck of a bullpen.”
Should that trade happen and the team remains relatively injury free over the remainder of the season, fans might want to start scouting hotels in cities of possible ALDS opponents.