The two Major League Baseball teams from the state of Texas wrapped up their series against each other at Globe Life Park in Arlington in front of 26,000 fans. Those people who bought a ticket to the game hoping to see some offense definitely got their wish. The game turned out to be a very exciting affair where pitchers did not exactly perform at their highest level. The Rangers beat the Astros 11-10. There was a very interesting occurrence in the game. Houston hitters launched a total of five home runs in a losing effort. This is compared to the two home runs that were clubbed by Ranger hitters. It is not very often a team hits as many as five home runs and still goes on to lose.
The Rangers and the Astros have played well so far in this early part of the season. As you might expect, there is a lot expected from the Astros this year. They are two years removed from winning the World Series. They also made the playoffs last year. On the other hand, the Rangers were a bad team year ago. They are not expected to be much a factor in their division this year. According to houstonchronicle.com, they have surprised many of the people in the media who cover baseball with the way they have player so far.
The usually dependable Collin McHugh got the start for Houston. To say he did not have a great day on the mound is putting it mildly. He had a start that was one of the worst of his career. He gave up nine earned runs on eight hits in only three innings. Oddly enough, the Astros hitters almost bailed out McHugh so he would not take the loss. However, they came up one run short. The win for the Rangers could set the tone for the rest of the season. They proved they can compete with an Astros team that is filled with big names.
It will be a surprise to most people if the Rangers end up contending for a playoff spot. Most experts do not think they are ready. However, they have been a very good story in these first few weeks. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been hitting very well so far. Joey Gallo has hit a few mammoth home runs. The team has talent. There is no question about that. It remains to be seen if they will keep winning.