Of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball, six have never won a World Series.
The oldest of those teams is the Texas Rangers. A member of the American League (AL) since 1961, Texas reached the postseason for the first time in 1996, 36 years after its founding, and enjoyed a golden era of its own, finishing as World Series runners-up for the second straight season in 2010 and 2011. The mainstays of that offense were Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and current Texas manager Michael Young. On the mound, CJ Wilson, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, and Neftali Perez dominated. This was during the Ron Washington era.
Texas’ golden era came to an end in 2016 when they won the district title. There hasn’t been fall baseball in Texas since they were swept in three games by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Division Series, but Texas fans have their postseason hopes alive this year for the first time in seven years.
As of Aug. 31, Texas is in first place in the AL West with a 60-46 record. They trail the second-place Houston Astros by one game. After losing three straight games, including a 3-5 loss to the analog San Diego Padres, Texas is 2-7 in its last nine games.
As a result, the team is in the midst of a trade deadline push. After acquiring Max Scherzer in a trade with the New York Mets on March 30, Texas traded for St. Louis Cardinals left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery today.
“Acquired Jordan Montgomery and right-handed reliever Chris Stratton in a trade with St. Louis, sending prospect right-hander Tekoa Roby, infielder Thomas Suzuki and left-hander John King in return,” Texas announced.
Robbie is ranked 11th in the Texas farm system and Suzuki is 14th in MLB Pipeline prospect rankings.
Earlier in the day, Texas placed all-season ace Nathan Ivaldi on the 15-day disabled list with a right arm injury. Ivaldi stopped pitching on April 19 after a six-inning, two-hit shutout win over the Tampa Bay Rays because of arm soreness.
Texas’ rotation will be thin without Ivaldi, who is 11-3 with a 2.69 ERA this season. The addition of Scherzer and Montgomery is not just about minimizing the void, it’s about preparing for the postseason. 토토사이트
“We added a veteran starter and a reliever to help our team,” Young said. “Montgomery is having a tremendous season this year. He’s the best starting pitcher available in this trade market. Our rotation has been upgraded. Stratton is a bullpen arm that will help ease the burden on our young pitchers.”
Montgomery has started 21 games and thrown 121 innings this season, posting a 6-9 record with a 3.42 ERA, 108 strikeouts and a 1.248 WHIP. His ERA+ is at a career-high 126. He is eligible for free agency after this season.
In 42 games, Stratton is 1-1 with a 4.36 ERA, four shutouts and one save.
When Ibaldi returns, Tex.