June swoon? not even close
**ORIGINAL POST DATE 7/01/12**
Comparisons in baseball are inevitable, and Texas had recently had one of their best months ever in June, going 21-6 in June of 2010. They lost three more games in the first nine days of June 2012 than they did in all of June 2010. Even when compared to the mediocre June 2011 (14-13), they were on a losing pace.
Fortunately, the Rangers rallied to salvage the month. Texas went 16-3 the rest of the month to tie their second best June record ever (the aforementioned 21-6 in 2010 and 19-9 in 1983).
What is more encouraging than the record in June is how they accomplished it. The losses at the start of the month were achieved through sloppy defense and lack of offense. During the middle of the month, the pitching and defense excelled. Texas allowed three or fewer runs in ten of eleven games from June 10-June 22. They won 10 of 11 during that stretch.
After that, the offense stepped up. The Rangers allowed 49 runs in their next eight games, but scored 51. That led them to a 6-2 record during that time.
Whatever ill wind may have been blowing through Arlington during the early part of June has been pushed out by the winds of victory. Texas is a force to be reckoned with, with a record of 50-29 and a 6.5 game lead in the division.
The book isn’t closed on the on the AL West yet, but Ranger fans should certainly be happy about the chapters that have already been written.