We are only 19 games into the season, but the Texas Rangers (9-10) have already proved to fans that they will not go down without a fight.
While every night that the Rangers take the field is important, here are three upcoming games that you are not going to want to skip.
Texas Rangers’ RHP Dane Dunning returns to Guaranteed Rate Field against his former team on Friday night, April 23rd.
After being traded by the Chicago White Sox in the offseason, this will be the first time Dane Dunning (1-0) takes the mound on the south side of Chicago in his new threads.
It’s pretty safe to say that Dane Dunning has been the best Rangers pitcher to start the season. In his last outing against the Baltimore Orioles, Dunning lowered his ERA to 0.61 and allowed just five hits and no walks in six scoreless innings.
RHP Dylan Cease is expected to start for the White Sox in the first of a three-game series against Texas. Cease has a home ERA of 1.93 but has yet to exceed 4.2 innings in his previous three starts.
Dunning will face a tough White Sox lineup that is coming off a win where they homered four times.
Not only is this a potential revenge game for the 26-year-old, but if Dunning can silence this high-powered offense, he will continue to make a case for being one of the best pitchers in the league.
Shohei Ohtani to pitch for the first time at Globe Life Field against the Texas Rangers on Monday, April 26th.
Look, I know Shohei Ohtani pitches for a divisional rival, but how can you not respect his game? Ohtani has already shown that he is one of the most exciting baseball players to keep up with this season.
Ohtani will take the mound for the first time at Globe Life Field after not pitching in the new air-conditioned ballpark at all in 2020.
In the 6-2 Angels win on April 20th, Ohtani threw four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in his limited outing against the Rangers.
RHP Jordan Lyles suffered the loss and he will get another chance to face the 2018 Rookie of the Year.
I would hope that the Rangers offense will be even more motivated to get payback against Ohtani, especially at home.
Lastly, mark your calendars for April 29th as the Boston Red Sox visit Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers.
Anytime the Boston Red Sox come to face the Rangers, the series is always competitive. While I think this series overall will be a great test for this young Texas core, the Rangers will face a familiar foe in the first game of the series.
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Does the name Martin Pérez ring a bell? It feels like it’s been a very long time since the left hander pitched for Texas, but anytime you face a familiar player, it creates some higher stakes in the game.
To start the 2021 season, LHP Martin Pérez has an ERA of 5.93 in 13.2 innings pitched for the Red Sox. (Yeah…It hasn’t been a great start).
Pérez once flourished in the Rangers farm system and even won the Rangers Rookie of the Year award in 2013. Although he showed promise, Pérez was never able to find consistency on the mound and he continued to stay as a backend rotation starter in his time with Texas.
Either way, the pitching matchup should be a fun one as Kyle Gibson (2-0) is expected to start for the Rangers in a very important series leading into the month of May.
While the Texas Rangers will look to end the month of April on high note, you will definitely not want to miss these three games.