It was an impressive get-away-day performance for the Texas Rangers, who had something to prove on their current road trip which has taken them to Tampa Bay and New York for sets against the Rays and Yankees.
This series against the Yankees was Texas’ chance to prove whether they belonged in the post-season conversation, and I am more than sure that their offensive explosion caught the eye of a few New Yorkers who will now have to root for their rival Boston Red Sox if they wish to bring home their first pennant in New Yankee Stadium.
The Rangers took the rubber game of the series thanks to their power bats that have made them feared. Ian Kinsler whacked two balls out of the yard to give him a total of 28 on the season and Chris Davis continued his comeback to the major leagues with a 3-run bomb to right field.
In addition to the power, Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single. Young is now hitting .421 during that stretch. Young has really taken leadership of this team offensively this season because of the drop in production Josh Hamilton has suffered because of injuries. Hamilton, though, has shown some signs of improvement during his recent play, raising his batting average to a respectable .273. Still, it’s remarkable to see the Rangers contending for a playoff spot with their best hitter only hitting eight home runs.
With the 7 to 2 victory added with a White Sox clobbering of Boston, Texas is now just one and a half games out of the top spot in the AL Wild Card race. The Rangers will now travel to Minnesota to finish off this important road trip. If they are able to take another two of three against the Twins, it is possible that they pick up one more game on the Red Sox – I’m assuming that Boston will take two of three from Toronto excluding the game that Roy Halladay pitches in – until they head back home to face the Blue Jays.