The Texas Rangers began the final week of the month on a hot streak, taking six of eight games on the road against the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers and bringing their record to 28-26. The Rangers fizzled out in the last two days of May, however, and ended the month with back-to-back losses to the Washington Nationals and a .500 record. Texas will look to an eight-game home stand in June to regain the momentum from earlier this week.
The path has been bumpy for Texas with injuries abounding, but smart lineup decisions and hot rookies helped smooth some of the issues. Rougned Odor and Chris Gimenez put their bats to work in the last week with a combined .330 batting average, and Gimenez played six perfect games on defense, earning 41 outs and one assist on 42 total chances. Rookie pitcher Nick Martinez came in mid-month and fired 14 strikeouts in 23.1 innings, finishing the month with a 2.7 earned run average over seven starts.
The Texas offense soared toward the end of the month in particular, and five players batted over .300 for the month—admittedly, though, one of those was Colby Lewis, who had one hit on two chances at the plate in a single game against the Washington Nationals. Another of the five was Prince Fielder, who will not suit up for the remainder of the season after undergoing neck surgery. Still, the rest of the starting nine are hitting in the high 200s, excluding Leonys Martin.
Texas’ pitching also faced obstacles with the loss of Martin Perez to a partial ligament tear. Perez opted to have Tommy John surgery earlier in the month, and currently sits on the 60-day disabled list. Texas rallied, though, moving Nick Martinez and Robbie Ross into the starting rotation for Perez and Matt Harrison. The Rangers depth in the bullpen helped secure a few wins, with Soria and Cotts throwing a combined 19.2 innings with a 1.34 earned run average. Soria had four saves on five chances and threw 12 strikeouts in nine appearances.
The Texas Rangers Pitcher of the Month for May is Yu Darvish. Darvish maintained his role as the Rangers’ ace with a 2.10 earned run average over 30 total innings. Darvish threw 38 strikeouts over the month—at least 10 more than any other Rangers pitcher—and missed a perfect game against the Red Sox by one David Ortiz single on the last out of the ninth inning. It was the second time Darvish missed a perfect game by one out.
The Texas Rangers Player of the Month for May is Adrian Beltre, who put up impressive numbers at the plate over the last 30 days, batting .324 with 18 runs, 15 RBIs and five home runs in 27 games played. The third baseman caught fire late in the month, putting five balls over the fence in three games against Detroit.
Texas had a slow start in May with injuries and lackluster offensive performances, but picked up speed toward the middle of the month thanks to the efforts of their Triple-A call-ups and a few veteran stars. The final week of the month started with a bang after two successful series in Minnesota and Detroit, but the Rangers fizzled out in the final two days of May, dropping 9-2 and 10-2 decisions at Washington. Texas will begin next month with a Sunday afternoon final game against the Nationals, hoping to take at least one game in the series before returning home to Arlington.
Commentary by Christina Jones
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer Covering the Texas Rangers
Follow Christina’s Coverage in the Rangers Roundup