ARLINGTON Jeff Banister says there are no secrets to the Rangers MLB best nine game winning streak. No special team meetings. No pep talks.
I think that consistency in a coaching staff breeds consistency with the players, the Rangers manager Adrian Beltre Jersey
said a few hours before Texas completed its undefeated eight game home stand at Globe Life Park with an 8 4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. It s taken a little while for some things to get going in the right direction. We re still kind of maneuvering it as we go.
We see every game that we ve played has been a little bit different. Nothing has been the same from night to night. That s kind of the beauty of this coaching staff and that group of players.
But this type of winning streak hasn t happened to the Rangers since July 2011, when they won 12 in a row and later played in the World Series.
Maybe some unusual superstitious behavior also deserves some credit.
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, Banister said. I know there are guys who do, but I choose not to buy into that kind of stuff.
Less than two weeks ago, Texas was seven games under .500. They begin a weekend series Friday in Detroit at 22 20, a half game back in the wild card standings.
We have good team, said Martin Perez, Thursday s winning pitcher, and we can win any game that we want.
As Banister pointed out, the wins have come in a variety of ways.
There was a dominant 11 0 outing in San Diego to close out a nine game road trip. The Rangers then came from behind with four run ninth innings in back to back nights against the Padres and Athletics.
Then there were games like Thursday afternoon where they struggled at the plate and fell behind early only to have first baseman Ryan Rua drill a three run homer in the fifth inning.
The comeback wins early in the home stand I believe gave these guys a little extra energy, some confidence, Banister said. And then there were some little things we did, and whether it was runners in motion, drawing walks http://www.rangersfanaticsjersey.com/alex-claudio-jersey-c-2.html
, laying the ball on the ground, hit and runs, just getting back to the mindset of pass the baton, take a professional at bat, be tough in the box.
Banister said he believes freebies have played a critical role as well. A key walk or taking advantage of an opponent s error that have ignited big innings.
Every day it s somebody different, catcher Robinson Chirinos said. Can be the offense, can be the bullpen http://www.rangersfanaticsjersey.com/jake-diekman-jersey-c-3.html
, can be the starting pitcher. I think these last nine games we ve been putting everything together.
Right fielder Nomar Mazara added We didn t start the year how we wanted. And to get a streak like this is important to keep the guys moving. We re having fun right now. We re doing things the right way, we keep working hard. It s so much fun now to go out there and play baseball.
Average runs scored by the Rangers during their 9 game winning streak 6.5
Average runs scored by the Rangers opponents during their 9 game winning streak 2.6
Highest runs scored average this season Washington Nationals 5.9