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Game Of The Week: San Francisco Giants At Texas Rangers

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The Texas Rangers will host the San Francisco Giants in a three game series this weekend. The Giants are currently 54-44 on the season and in second place of the National League West, just one game back from the division leading LA Dodgers. The Rangers are currently 47-50 on the season and in third place in the American League West seven and a half games back behind the division leading LA Angels.

Last Season:

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The Giants finished the 2014 regular season with a 88-74 record, six games behind the Dodgers. They earned the second Wild Card spot and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in a one game playoff. The Giants then went on to defeat the Washington Nationals in the NLDS three games to one. In the National League Championship they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series four games to won as they earned their way to the World Series and defeated the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 to become World Champs.

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The Rangers finished the 2014 season 67-95, in third place of the American League West Division, seven and a half games back behind the division winning Angels. They lost their Manager Ron Washington in early September after he voluntarily stepped away from the position and the Rangers were unable to make any run at a postseason.

Managers:

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Bruce Bochy is the current manger of the San Francisco Giants, a position he has held since 2007. He has led the Giants to a World Series Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Prior to managing the Giants he was the Manager of the San Diego Padres from 1995 until 1996. He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 1996 and he was a four time MLB All-Star Game National League Manager in 1999, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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Jeff Banister is in his first season as Manager of the Texas Rangers. Although this is his first managerial position he has held coaching positions in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Organization. In 2011 he won the  “Pride of the Pirates” Award which is given to someone who is dedicated to sportsmanship and good character skills.

Playoff Hopes:

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The Giants’ playoff hopes are still very much alive as they are just one game behind the LA Dodgers in the National League West. It most likely won’t take a division win for a playoff berth as the Giants were able to win the World Series in 2014 after getting the second Wild Card spot. It will also be interesting to see what San Francisco does at the trade deadline at the end of this week.

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The Rangers’ playoff hopes seem to be dim at this point as they sit in third place in the division the Angels and Astros who are both solid teams entering the halfway point.  So, with the trade deadline approaching, do the Rangers become buyers for the future or sellers and bring up some youth?

Top Prospect:

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RHP Kyle Crick is the top prospect in the San Francisco Giants’ Farm System. The twenty-two year old, who currently plays for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, has a heavy sinker along with mid to high 80’s slider and a fastball that can reach up to 99mph in some instances. This season he is 2-4 on the season with a 2.98 ERA with 54 K’s in 51.1 innings. Crick is ranked 62 on the Top 100 Prospects in Baseball. He was drafted in the Supplemental Round in the 2011 MLB Draft while playing in high school in Texas.

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Twenty-one year old Joey Gallo is the top prospect in the Texas Rangers’ Organization. Gallo who actually made his Major League debut this season but is currently back playing with Triple-A Round Rock Express. He is ranked 7th in the top 100 prospects lists and is the best third base prospect in baseball. Besides playing third base, Gallo is also versatile and can play outfield as well. He was drafted in Supplemental Round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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