In what has possibly been the best week of the season so far, the Texas Rangers took eight out of ten games from the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.
This past week was full of comebacks and great pitching for the Rangers.
The main highlight of the week was Joey Gallo and Isiah Kiner Falefa finally receiving their 2020 Gold Glove Awards in front of the home crowd in Arlington. Let’s see who made the lists for week 5 of the Rangers season.
Texas Rangers: Who’s Hot
Garcia is one of the main contributors to the Ranger’s success this past week. in 26 at-bats, Garcia had seven hits, five RBI, two home runs, and scored four runs for the Rangers. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up as the American League Player of the Week again.
I think we are about to see Willie Calhoun become an unstoppable force at the plate. In 29 at-bats, he had 10 hits, five RBI, two HR, and scored three runs for the Rangers.
If Calhoun is hitting like this around the trade deadline, he might be the discussion of some calls from teams looking to trade players.
Ibanez is on the hot list after he was called up earlier this week. He came up with a clutch at-bat against the Minnesota Twins which helped set up the win. He also got his first hit in the league which is a huge milestone for players who make the league.
I just have to add Gallo to the hot list for the unbelievable web gem he made Wednesday to get the series win up in Minnesota. It also justifies the Gold Glove Award he won last year. Wouldn’t be surprised if he won another Gold Glove this year as well.
Yang had his 1st career start against the Minnesota Twins and boy was it a good one. He had 8 strikeouts in fewer than 3 innings and became the 2nd Texas Ranger to do so.
He’s also the 2nd pitcher in the league to have 8 strikeouts in the first 3 games of his career. Things are looking good with Jong Yang if he can get him to go more than three innings in a game.
Texas Rangers: Who’s Not Hot
Probably a surprise to readers to have him on my not hot list since he’s been good the past couple of weeks.
Arihara gave up 4 home runs to the Red Sox in Arlington this past week and now he is on the IR with a callus on his throwing hand.
I don’t think it’s time to hit the panic button yet on Arihara, but a couple more starts like the one against Boston and Woodward might have an early decision to make.
Texas Rangers Weekly schedule:
May 7-9 at home vs Seattle Mariners
May 10-11 on road vs San Fransico Giants