The Week That Was (4/30-5/6)

The week began ominously for the Rangers thanks to a sweep at the hands of the Yankees. But, much like they did in Canada, the Rangers woke up in time for a sweep of a weekend series against the Blue Jays. John Vittas of Lone Star Dugout takes a look at the past week of baseball.

The Lows


Before he left with a leg injury in the 7th inning, Phil Hughes had the Rangers in good shape to become the 11th team in major league history to be no-hit twice in a season. Two errors by Brad Wilkerson in left field and Michael Young had the Yankees up 9-0 at one point. That proved to be more than enough breathing room for Hughes, who had Ranger hitters looking foolish all evening long - at one point getting Mark Teixeira to go down swinging on three straight frightening looking changeups.

Before he left with a leg injury in the 7th inning, Phil Hughes had the Rangers in good shape to become the 11th team in major league history to be no-hit twice in a season. Two errors by Brad Wilkerson in left field and Michael Young had the Yankees up 9-0 at one point. That proved to be more than enough breathing room for Hughes, who had Ranger hitters looking foolish all evening long - at one point getting Mark Teixeira to go down swinging on three straight frightening looking changeups.

The Highs


When the Blue Jays came to town this weekend, it became the exact polar opposite of what transpired earlier in the week. Even the weather cooperated.

After a player's only meeting before Friday evening's affair with Toronto, the Rangers proceeded to go out and play three of quite possibly their best games of the season in sweeping the Blue Jays.

Seemingly everything came together in this three game set:

- Solid pitching: Brandon McCarthy, Vicente Padilla and Kameron Loe combined for a 1.37 ERA in the three games while holding the Blue Jays to a .159 batting average.

- Timely hits: The Rangers were led by Michael Young, who rebounded from a hitless series against the Yankees to go 9 for 17 with six RBI, six runs scored, and two homeruns including the game winner in the bottom of the 8th inning on Sunday. Mark Teixeira also continued his productive hitting against the Jays with five runs batted in of his own over the three game set. Alltogether, the team had 33 hits in three games.

- No costly errors: Although there were a couple of lapses defensively, none of them proved to be the crippling type of miscues that seem to have plagued the Rangers this season.

It would be wrong of me to not give Brandon McCarthy his own mention for his efforts Friday evening. With six innings of two hit ball, the righty easily put up his best performance of the year. He still struggled with his command somewhat and had issues with his changeup and breaking ball all night long en route to walking four hitters. But the velocity on his fastball was as good as it's been all season and McCarthy was able to successfully use it to his advantage.

Also this past week, in the first game of a Thursday doubleheader against the Yankees, Mike Wood gave the Rangers a noble effort in substitution of Kevin Millwood. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out three batters over 6.1 innings of solid work and saved the bullpen for the second game later in the day.

Player(s) Of The Week: Michael Young/Mark Teixeira
After a silent showing by the offense in three games against the Yankees, Young and Teixeira did a substantial amount of damage to the Blue Jays. Young finished the week with an even .300 average at the plate with six runs batted in, two homers, and six runs scored. Teixeira posted a .346 average last week with a couple homers of his own and six runs batted in as well.

Game Of The Week


Saturday, May 5th: Rangers 11 - Blue Jays 4
The last time the Rangers faced Roy Halladay in Toronto, a small amount of luck provided their only run of the game in the top of the first. After that, the former Cy Young winner shut down the Rangers en route to a complete game victory. Saturday was a different animal altogether for Texas. Down 1-0 in the third, the Rangers tied it up with three straight singles. Five more solid hits and the Rangers left their half of the third with eight hits and a 6-1 lead off arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. The six-run third inning was the biggest against Halladay since April 25, 2002, when the Rangers scored seven off him in an 11-9 victory. The nine earned runs matched the second-worst start of Halladay's career.

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