Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Pitching comes alive in Week 3

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 19: Kohei Arihara #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 19, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 19: Kohei Arihara #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 19, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /
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The Texas Rangers starting pitchers put on a pitching clinic during week three of the season.

Kyle Gibson had one of his best starts against the Baltimore Orioles this past Sunday. It was probably one of the best pitching matchups of the season so far.

Kohei Arihara also had a good game against the Los Angeles Angels making batters whiff at low sliders and changeups.

As of Wednesday, the Rangers’ starting five has a combined ERA of 3.16, which is the best in the American League according to Jared Sandler of 105.3 The Fan.

The Rangers might be fielding some phone calls near the trade deadline asking if any of our pitchers are available. If the trade offers have good minor league prospects in them, I could see a couple of our veteran pitchers being traded.

The trade deadline is a couple of months away, though. If the Rangers are up in the standings and have a good chance at making the playoffs, I don’t see the Rangers trading any of the starters away.

Texas Rangers: Who’s Hot

Kohei Arihara

Arihara was one of the main stars of week three. He had 6 strikeouts in 5 1/2 innings, and in the highlight reel below, you’ll see why he made some of the Angels very unhappy standing in the box.

Kyle Gibson

Last Sunday, Gibson was a part of one of the best pitching duels we have seen this season in the league so far.  He allowed only four hits and no runs through 8 innings and has a 2.53 ERA on the season, which is impressive given how he started out. If he keeps this up, he could be gone at the trade deadline.

Adolis Garcia

This man can do it all. From home run saving catches to hitting clutch home runs, Garcia has had an incredible week, as he helped lead the Texas Rangers to a series win over the Angels in Anaheim. We think he’s going to stay here awhile.

Texas Rangers: Who’s Not Hot

Isiah Kiner-Falefa 

Kiner-Falefa had a rough week as the lead-off hitter. Over the last week, he’s only had five hits in 28 at-bats. If he wants to keep being the leadoff hitter, he’s got to keep getting on base.

Taylor Hearn

Hearn had a bad week as a relief pitcher for the Rangers. He gave up 13 hits and allowed nine runs this past week. He’s got to shake off this week and be the pitcher we know he can be.

Rangers upcoming schedule:

April 23-25 at White Sox

April 26-28 home vs Angels

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