If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
No, silly, not Pilgrims.
In the case of the Texas Rangers, the answer is better baseball.
After their worst April in franchise history, the Rangers and “never ever quit” manager Jeff Banister regrouped with one of the winningest months of May in their 44-year history. After going 7-14 in April, they went 19-11 last month to enter June as a winning team at 26-25.
Adrian Beltre got hot. Prince Fielder got hotter. Keone Kela provided quality relief. And, finally, Josh Hamilton arrived.
The result was a 9-2 stretch to finish the month and get the Rangers back from the brink from another disastrous season. On the heels of last year’s 95 losses, they’re only 5.5 games back of the surprising Houston Astros in the AL West.
The turnaround from April to May was dramatic, almost historic.
In their history the Rangers have only had one May with more wins, 20 in 2009. But that team, despite Nelson Cruz’ slugging and Scott Feldman’s 17 wins, only finished with 87 wins. The team’s best winning percentage in May came in ’05 when it went 18-7 (.720), only to ride Chan Ho Park to a stumbling 79-83 finish.
A look at the best Mays in franchise history:
Yr May Pct. Overall
05 18-7 .720 79-83
09 20-9 .680 87-75
96 18-9 .667 90-72
91 18-9 .667 85-77
08 19-10 .655 79-83
00 18-10 .643 71-91
15 19-11 .633 ??-??
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.