Texas Rangers Weekly Report 10: Batting issues continue
By Brian Sweet
The Texas Rangers’ offensive issues continued to linger from their last road trip as the team had a mostly terrible homestand this week against the Giants and the Rays. The Rangers won 1 out of 5 games this week, which as you could imagine, didn’t sit well with Chris Woodward.
Another thing that didn’t go well for the Rangers this past week was that they lost their 13th consecutive interleague game, which tied the 2008-2009 San Diego Padres record of 13.
There were some positive moments from the home stand, however. We’ll get into all of it below.
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Jordan Lyles had another good start behind the plate this week against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed only one earned run in 6 innings, only to have the Rangers bullpen surrender the game in the 8th. Quietly, the righty has a 3.92 ERA over his last seven games. We’ll take that!
Kyle Gibson had a solid outing Wednesday against the Giants. He allowed only 4 hits in 6 innings which demonstrates his consistency when he is the starting pitcher. Gibson is the undisputed ace of this staff and it’s refreshing to watch every time he toes the rubber.
Brock Holt came through with the heroics on Wednesday after Adolis Garcia sent it to extra innings in the 9th inning. Holt hit his game-winning single in the 11th inning after the Giants walked IKF to face him, and I don’t know what was sweeter, the single or him tipping his cap to the Giants dugout.
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Texas Rangers Bullpen
Jordan Lyles pitched a gem on Tuesday night only to have it ruined by Demarcus Evans, Joely Rodriguez, and Josh Sborz. The Rangers won’t continue to win games if the starter has a good outing and then the relief pitchers go on to blow it.
Khris Davis was designated for assignment on Tuesday, which means his short tenure with the Rangers is mercifully over. Davis was either going to get traded at the deadline or DFA’d, with the latter much more likely, so this is no surprise at all to fans.
The Texas Rangers head back out to the west coast this week as they face the defending World Series champions Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to Texas to take on the Astros in a quick two-game series in Houston.
Rangers pitching has to be sharp against the Dodgers if they want to take the series out on the west coast. Ditto for the Astros. The bullpen, in particular, can’t surrender games like they did Tuesday against the Giants.
Texas Rangers Weekly Schedule
June 11-13 @ Los Angeles Dodgers
June 15-16 @ Houston Astros