Texas Rangers Week in Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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1. Wandy Rodriguez

Given the injuries to the Texas Rangers pitching staff, they may have been moments away from unretiring Nolan Ryan‘s old 34 jersey and saddling up the Express for one last ride. Instead, they took a chance on Wandy Rodriguez, who they had signed to a minor league contract after being released by the Atlanta Braves.

Rodriguez had been one of the Rangers starters since coming up to the rotation, adding a stability that was needed. He continued his solid run this past week, allowing only two runs on five hits and two walks over 14 innings, striking out 14 batters. It was truly an excellent week.

Yet, Rodriguez made his mark upon the Texas Rangers more than just performing well this week. He retired 34 consecutive batters over two games, breaking the record set by Ken Hill in 1996. Not bad for someone dealing with back pain during his outing on Sunday.

Wandy Rodriguez has carved his name into the Rangers history books. That feat alone makes Rodriguez the Rangers player of the week.

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