Texas Rangers Weekend Expectations
By Ben Dieter
I would like to sit here and tell you that the Texas Rangers have a great chance to come home and defeat the Athletics two out of three times, or even a good chance of taking one of the three games, but I would be lying to you if I did. The Texas Rangers have the worst record in all of baseball at 40-62, and Oakland has the best record at 63-38. Oakland is coming off of a serious drumming of the Astros while the Texas Rangers are coming off of a series where they played pretty well over all, but still lost three out of four to the Yankees.
Anything is possible in baseball, so the Texas Rangers could surprise me and win this series, but I am not holding my breath, it has been almost a month since the Texas Rangers have won a series. Jerome Williams makes his debut as a Ranger tonight, and even though A’s starter Jason Hammel 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts so far, I just don’t have a lot of faith that Williams is going to be very good.
Tomorrow’s starter Nick Tepesch, who was supposed to start tonight, is going up against Sonny Gray, and Gray is having a good season for the A’s, Tepesch is having a mediocre season for the Texas Rangers, which is to be expected from the young right hander. Maybe he will be ramped up and pitch well against the A’s, maybe not, but again it is going to be a tough one for the Rangers to win.
Sunday’s game has Scott Kazmir going up against Miles Mikolas, who was brilliant his last time out. Can he repeat that? Only time will tell, but I look forward to seeing what he can to to follow up his great game in NY.
All in all I am very happy with the pitching in the NY series, they did a really good job and the Texas Rangers were in all four of those games. Oakland will be a real test on how that pitching staff can hold up without Soria and Frasor in the pen. I hope Williams at least goes deed tonight! As always, I’ll be watching no matter what!