ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Alex Rios #51 of the Texas Rangers is greeted manager Ron Washington as he returns to the dugout after giving the Rangers the lead with a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
We said it before the Texas Rangers hit the road for their season-long 11-game road trip, the trip had a pretty good chance of officially sinking the banged up Rangers.
Four games in Detroit, who was then the owner of the best record in the American League and a place where the Rangers had historically struggled. Then four more games in another Rangers house of horrors, Minnesota's Target Field. Then finishing up with three games in D.C. against a slumping, yet dangerous Washington Nationals team.
It didn't look good.
Instead, what happened was the Rangers rose up and somehow took three of four games in Detroit with two of those being offensive outbursts that led to blowouts, including one against Justin Verlander. Minnesota brought more of the same, minus the offense, but they were still victories as Texas took three of four again and were a botched ninth-inning away from a four-game sweep.
The trip to D.C. wasn't quite as good, as the Rangers ran into a hot Nationals offense (until they met Yu Darvish, of course) and the Rangers dropped two of three games.
Even still, they finished the trip with a 7-4 mark, while quite honestly a 5-6 mark would've been considered a great success going into the trek.
The Rangers still have a ways to go before being thought of as serious contenders with all of their injury problems, but the trip was promising.