Martin Perez has had an outstanding month, with a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched, and Yovani Gallardo (who completely handcuffed Toronto last night) has a 2.45 ERA and in his previous four starts in August. Colby Lewis has posted a 3.67 ERA in four starts,
And the bullpen has improved, also. Their 3.25 ERA is seventh-best in the AL. Closer Shawn Tolleson has a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings this month with seven saves, Sam Dyson's ERA is 2.13 in 12 2/3 IP, and Jake Diekman, who was the little talked-about throw-in in the Hamels deal, has been outstanding since arriving in Texas, with a 2.53 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.
And if Hamels, Fielder and Hamilton are able to heat up over the last five weeks, the Rangers could even catch the Astros and win the American League West.