Sep 7, 2023, 2:01 pm ET in MLB
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Astros Make History by Sweeping Rangers

Rangers’ Promising Start

Just three weeks ago, the Texas Rangers seemed destined for greatness in the Astros vs Rangers 2023 MLB season. With hefty investments in free agents and a promising crop of young talent, they boasted the best lineup in baseball.

Their pitching rotation was spearheaded by the legendary Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner. They were leading the competitive AL West by 3.5 games, with the best run differential in the American League. The Rangers were on track for a historic MLB 2023 season.

Astros’ Ruthless Dominance Made Those Dreams Crash

However, those dreams came crashing down as the Houston Astros visited their in-state rivals. In a series that will be remembered for years, the Astros completed a devastating sweep. The final blow came with a resounding 12-3 victory in the series finale on the Rangers’ home turf. But this was no isolated incident – the Astros had already won 13-6 on Monday and 14-1 on Tuesday. It was a relentless onslaught that left baseball fans in awe.

What made this sweep even more astonishing was the Astros’ historic home run spree. They became only the fourth MLB team in history to record three consecutive games with at least five home runs each. Their total of 16 home runs in this series tied for the second-highest in MLB history. Jose Altuve led the charge with five homers, while several others contributed to the record-breaking barrage.

Rangers’ Nightmare Unfolds

During the Astros vs Rangers 2023 series, the Rangers had their aces on the mound, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Astros’ onslaught. Free-agent acquisitions Andrew Heaney and Nathan Eovaldi, along with trade deadline gem Max Scherzer, struggled, allowing a combined 14 earned runs. The highly anticipated Scherzer vs. Verlander duel ended in disappointment for Scherzer.

Now, the Rangers find themselves humbled and in third place in the division they had led for most of the season. With a 76-63 record, they sit three MLB games behind the Astros in the AL West, with the Seattle Mariners in second place.

While their next series against the Oakland Athletics may seem like a reprieve, the A’s have outperformed the Rangers significantly in recent weeks, holding more than twice as many wins.

The Rangers must regroup and find their footing if they hope to reclaim their early-season glory.

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