You know what they say in baseball — momentum is as good as the next day's starting pitchers. In other words, there is no such thing as momentum in baseball when every day truly is a new one and anything can happen.
And that would especially ring true heading into the All-Star break, when the Texas Rangers have four days off before resuming play on Friday in Seattle, way too much time to carry momentum. But if there were ever a couple of games that could help carry momentum over to the second half, it would be the last two games the Rangers played against the Minnesota Twins.
The Rangers won 4-3 in 10 innings on Saturday night and 4-3 in 13 innings, both in walk-off fashion thanks to Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler.
There are still a lot of warts on this club and the way they've played over the last month and a half or so, but those two wins could turn things around heading into the second half when the Rangers play the Mariners and Oakland A's before a rough stretch against the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.
The bats have struggled and the defense has struggled, but the pitching, specifically the bullpen has been tremendous.
So yeah, momentum might not exist in baseball, but if there ever was a way to go to the all-star break, it's this way, especially coming off a stretch that saw the Rangers lose five games straight.