Wednesday, September 9, 2009

As easy as 1, 2, 3.

The Texas Rangers pulled off a 3-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians today, doing so by winning all three games in the span of about 19 hours. With a doubleheader sweep yesterday, their second sweep of a doubleheader in the last eight days, coupled with the early afternoon victory today, they accomplished the ever-so-rare feat of winning three games in one day. With outstanding offense in all three games (11, 10, and 10 runs), they easily erased the bad memory of being shutout by the lowly Orioles for 16 consecutive innings prior to this series. The sweep moves them to within 1.5 games of Boston for the Wild Card...the closest they've been in awhile. Sweet.

Notching the win today was the unstoppable Scott Feldman. I still think he'll barely get a mention in the Cy Young voting, but his resume is starting to stack up with the best. With seven scoreless innings today, he improved his record to 16-4 (amazing win percentage) and lowered his ERA to 3.46, done in just 26 starts (he was not in the opening day rotation). He's now won seven straight decisions and allowed 1 earned run or less in 5 of his last 6 starts. He's tied with Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia for the most wins in the AL, and his quickly descending ERA is now just a few notches behind those other two contenders (though far behind KC's Zach Greinke). If Feldman keeps this up over the final three weeks, it'd be hard to ignore him in Cy Young balloting.

The Rangers have an off-day tomorrow before returning home for a key 9-game homestand. The Red Sox have the easier schedule remaining, so it's important the Rangers use this stretch to do more than just tread water. It's now time to make a serious move.

23 games left.


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