Looking Back on the Improbable Sweep

The Texas Rangers are by no means out of the woods. It's still a major uphill climb for them to get into the thick of things in the AL West over the next five months. But for one three-game series in May, the Rangers were taking it to the best team in baseball and came away with a huge, confidence-building sweep.

The series started with the Rangers' worst starter, Ross Detwiler, going up against the majors' ERA leader in Dallas Keuchel, and pitching toe-to-toe with him as the Rangers pulled out a come-from-behind win by scoring in the eighth and ninth innings.

Then, the Rangers' bats came to life over the next two games with 7-1 and 11-3 wins to close out the sweep with guys like Kyle Blanks and Carlos Peguero turning into home run machines, and Shin-Soo Choo continuing to dig his way out of a massive slump through the season's first month.

The sweep left us in an improbable spot — the Rangers are no longer in last place in the AL West. No, that spot belongs to the preseason favorites in Seattle. And the Rangers are only 1 1/2 games behind second-place Los Angeles.

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It was improbable in every way possible, and now the Rangers' best starting pitcher to date this year is taking the mound tonight in Tampa to continue this hot streak.

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