While the season has plenty of time left for terrible starts to rebound nicely, and of course unpredicted win streaks to come crashing down, we thought it would be fun to take a look and determine what teams are under-performing expectations and what teams are over-performing.
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In a series that saw so many home runs, it’s only fitting that the final run would be scored via a fielder’s choice.
The Toronto Blue Jays jumped out to another early lead, thanks to home runs by Tulowitzki, Pillar, Carrera and Encarnacion; then held on late to beat the Texas Rangers and head back home with a 2-0 series lead.
With one on and nobody out in the fifth inning of the Texas Rangers / Los Angeles Angels game last night, Simmons lined one up the middle for a sure single. But Nick Martinez made a dazzling play.
Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has made countless plays at third from his knees – but the home run he hit from his knees might be a first for him. Beltre drove a 1-0 pitch from Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock deep to left – after a swing took him straight to his knees.
The Rogers Centre, and arguably most of the city of Toronto loved it. Rangers’ pitcher Sam Dyson was not a fan. “Jose needs to calm that down” were Dyson’s words to Edwin Encarnacion in the at-bat following Bautista’s blast. The confrontation cleared the benches for what seemed like the dozenth time in the game – but does Dyson have a point?
Former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was greeted with plenty of boos by a sellout crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in the outfielder’s first trip to Texas since signing with the Los Angeles Angels during the offseason.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out a career-high 14 and was in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time, and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.