The Rangers have won 94 games this season. In more than half of those, 49 to be exact, they have come from behind to win.
It’s gotten to the point that when they don’t come from behind to win a game in the eighth or ninth inning, you think something is seriously wrong with them.
Their ability to pick themselves up off the mat is uncanny.
The Rangers are heading into the playoffs with perhaps the biggest asset a team can have on its side: Confidence.
It’s not cockiness (at least not outwardly). It’s the feeling that nobody can keep them pinned down.
And, no wonder. Look at that lineup. One through nine, there isn’t an easy out anywhere to be found. There’s no Free Parking. Especially nine through one.
Elvis Andrus might be having the best season of a number nine hitter ever. And Carlos Gomez has transformed himself into an offensive force as a leadoff hitter, after his offense forced Houston to release him.
His slash line with Houston: .210/.272/.322, with six home runs and 29 RBIs.
His slash line with Texas: .291/.371/.564, with eight home runs and 24 RBIs.
Gomez is getting opportunities to drive in runs from the leadoff slot because Andrus is hitting .304 from the nine hole.
Add a healthy Shin-Soo Choo to that mix and it’s going to very tough to keep this team down for long.
It’s going to be hard for Choo to displace Gomez at the top. The Andrus-Gomez one two punch, which is actually a nine-one punch, is pretty lethal, and pretty hard to walk away from.
Three more games remain in what has been one of the most fun seasons of baseball watching in a long time.
Then the fun really begins.
NO GAME TODAY.
TEXAS 94-65, BOSTON 92-66 (-1.5), CLEVELAND 91-67 (-2.5)