Texas Rangers Weekly Report 4: Things are looking up now?
By Brian Sweet
The Texas Rangers had quite a turnaround of events over the past week. Last weekend, they took two out of three against the defending World Series Champion Atlanta Braves. Then, they swept the Philadelphia Phillies in a two-game series.
What has me and other fans excited is that the starting pitchers seem to be really getting deep into games now and the relief pitching doesn’t have to carry the load. Speaking of the bullpen, they’ve been really good too lately.
If the Rangers can continue this moving forward, they will have a shot in close games. Find out who made the cut in this week’s Texas Rangers Weekly Report.
Texas Rangers Who’s Hot List
Reks, AKA “T-Reks”, was called up to see how he would do with the Rangers at the Major League level. Well at his first at-bat against Atlanta, he got his first major league hit as well as his first RBI.
He’s done well in his first week with the Rangers and I can’t wait to see how he progresses this coming week.
While he’s not on the Ranger’s main roster, this man helped the Rangers to a victory. This fan interfered with the Rangers catching Nick Castellanos’s home run Wednesday night. After the review, the Umpires reversed the home run and ruled it a ground-rule double.
Dunning had a heck of an outing against the Atlanta Braves. he would also pitch the longest a Rangers starting pitcher has all year long. In 7 innings, Dunning allowed 4 hits, stuck out 7 batters, and only allowed a run. I know fans are frustrated with his up and down performances since becoming a Ranger, but fans shouldn’t be mad with the way he played against the Braves.
I don’t know why he got benched in the final game against the Phillies Wednesday night. He should be getting all the playing time right now with the way he’s hitting. Jonah Heim clobbered a ball deep into left field to get the Rangers on the board Tuesday night.
According to the Bally Sports Southwest Twitter page, Jonah Heim is second in On-Base Plus Slugging behind the LA Angels’ Taylor Ward currently. After seeing what he did against the Phillies, he needs to keep being in the lineup as the main catcher.
Martin Perez pitched lights out Wednesday night against the Phillies. In 7 innings, Perez allowed 4 hits and stuck out 4 as he helped the Rangers to a sweep over the Phillies. Ever since coming back to Texas, we are seeing a much improved Perez and I’m loving it.
Texas Rangers Who’s Not Hot List
Calhoun’s demotion to Triple-A all but likely ends his tenure with the Texas Rangers. He had such an upside with his bat and he just couldn’t get over all the injuries that he sustained with the Rangers. I wish Willie all the best with his next team and his future endeavors.
Even though he’s still coming back from the blisters he sustained at the beginning of the year. Putting the Rangers in a 3-0 hole early in the game was the main reason he got pulled early against the Phillies.
Thanks to Chris Woodard’s smart bet with the pinch hitters’ gamble, the Rangers were able to get out of the game with a victory.
Texas Rangers Upcoming Schedule
May 6th-8th Away vs New York Yankees
May 10-12th Home vs Kansas City Royals