What the doctor ordered. 188 comments

Sometimes your ace doesn’t have his best stuff, but the good ones can overcome it. Cole Hamels did last night, picking up his eighth win of the season despite giving up four runs in six innings.


The cosmic tumblers were bound to line up in the Rangers favor eventually. All those hitters hovering in the low .200s were going to get hits eventually.

Eventually arrived with the Detroit Tigers and their woeful pitching.

It helped that the Tigers brought into the Ballpark the worst ERA in the American League, and second-worst in baseball. It was awfully kind of them to bring the worst bullpen ERA in baseball, and the third-worst ERA among starters in baseball.

It was just what the hitting doctor ordered.

The Rangers trailed in all three games: 2-0 in Monday’s 6-2 win, 1-0 in Tuesday’s 10-4 win, and twice, 2-0 and 4-2 in last night’s 12-6 win. But their bats connected with the pitching the Tiger’s were serving up.

When you play a team with pitching as horrible as Detroit’s, you should take advantage of it.

And they did.

Scoring runs early, often, and, which has been unusual for the Rangers, late.

The offense got a huge dose of Detroit Tiger’s Offense Elixir, good for what ails you. Now they play four games against the one team even worse than the Tigers in the Chicago White Sox.  A team that traded away pretty much every able bodied major leaguer they could find.

Texas should take advantage of that the next four games. Because, after that, the schedule gets real.


Reynaldo Lopez (0-0, 3.00) vs. Tyson Ross (3-2, 7.11)
Game time: 7:05

How the White Sox hit against Ross.
The Rangers have never faced Lopez.