Texas Rangers series win over the Houston Astros offers glimmer of hope

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 02: Bartolo Colon
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 02: Bartolo Colon /

The Texas Rangers series win over the Houston Astros could shift the tide for their 2018 campaign.

The Texas Rangers are off to a terrible start to the season. We’re only halfway through the first month of the season, and the Texas Rangers are in a deep hole. However, as of this past Sunday, they’ve finally won their first series of this season, possibly indicating that there going to dig themselves out.

Winning their first series of the season against the Houston Astros is certainly a good thing, but the Texas Rangers have a lot of to work on — who are 6-11 and at the bottom of the American League West standings. Perhaps their series win against the Houston Astros in Texas will raise hopes.

Before this series, the Texas Rangers lost shortstop Elvis Andrus, who suffered a broken elbow on the 12th of April. It was bad enough that he had previously lost Rougned Odor and Delino Deshields. There was a lot of negativity in the clubhouse.

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This series was indeed a hard-fought win for them, because Houston could have easily swept Texas. Texas lost game one but did play well as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the seventh inning, but Houston took the victory.

Game two was a come-from-behind win, and game three saw the Texas Rangers suffer a few late mishaps only to quickly recover and secure the victory — winning both games in the tenth inning. In this series, the Texas Rangers were focused, which was the key to victory.

Bartolo Colon who started in the finale came close to pitching a perfect game, as well as a no-hitter, but ultimately collapsed under the pressure. Colon has nothing to be ashamed of, though. He’s been doing well so far this year. His record is still 0-0 but his ERA of 1.45 and allowing only three runs and eleven hits this season with 17 strikeouts is outstanding.

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The Texas Rangers today start a series against a struggling 3-12 Tampa Rays team, but cannot take them lightly. They need to be focused and be ready for anything. Texas needs to win this series so they can return home for a three-game series against Seattle motivated and better-focused.