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Texas Rangers: Pitchers Are Blooming In May at the Ballpark In Arlington

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 27:  Pitcher Frank Francisco #50 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during Interleague MLB action on June 27, 2008 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Craig TurnerCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

The Texas Rangers are having fun in the month of May.  Thursday capped-off a three game sweep of the Seattle Mariners and three consecutive walk-offs has this Rangers team flying high and rightfully so. 

Hitting, hitting, and more hitting or should I say pitching, pitching, and more pitching.  The Rangers have won 10 of their first 13 games in May thanks to timely hitting and great pitching.  Yes, the Texas Rangers and pitching can go together in the same sentence. 

Lefty pitcher Matt Harrison threw his second consecutive complete game on Thursday.  Harrison in May has been un-hittable, giving up just two earned runs in three starts.  In those three starts Harrison has a 0.87 ERA, two complete games and 1 BB in 23 IP. 

Harrison is not the only Rangers pitcher throw well this month. Vicente Padilla has an ERA of 0.60 in two May starts on his way to 2-0 this month.  He also made Rangers history this month by throwing back-to-back one hitters.  

Scott Feldman has opened some eyes with his last two performances going 2-0 with a 2.47 ERA.  The bullpen has helped matters, too.  CJ Wilson hasn't allowed an earned run in 5.1 innings pitched and has posted an opponents BAA of .222.  "Everyday" Eddie Guardado has a 2.70 ERA in four May appearances and Jason Jennings has adapted very well to his role in the bullpen. 

All this to get to closer Frank Francisco's league leading 0.00 ERA and 9 saves.  Although Francisco hasn't pitched since May 6th due to bicep tendinitis, the Rangers haven't needed him. The staff is throwing strikes, walking only 112 batters in 295.1 innings pitched.

There was no question that the Rangers offense would keep them in games.  With a lineup solid one through nine, they're going to hit all year regardless, even if one or two players going into slumps. 

If the Rangers keep it up with the pitching surprises that May has brought and can make into through those dreadful August days in Texas, you might be looking at a deep October for a very talented and a very young team that might dominate the AL West for years to come.


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