Texas Rangers Weekly Report 17: Racking Up Strikeouts
The Texas Rangers had some amazing pitching performances this week both in the minors and in the majors. Cole Ragans made his debut at home this past week and Glenn Otto was dealing as well. Down in the minors, the Hickory Crawdads had an amazing pitching performance this past Thursday.
The Rangers split their first series of the week against the Chicago White Sox at home. Unfortunately, they didn’t do so well down in Houston against the Astros, only winning one game against them. Here’s who made the lists in this week’s Texas Rangers Weekly Report.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Hot
After all the rehab this man had to go through the last two seasons, something wonderful finally happened for Cole. He was called up this past week and got to make his debut against the Chicago White Sox.
In five innings, Ragans only allowed three hits and got three K’s. He was so calm on the mound when Chicago baserunners were in scoring position. I can’t say the same in his second start against the Astros but he’s worth putting on the 40-man roster possibly next season.
He’s having a really good second half of the season and that was proven Thursday night against the Missions. In the first inning, he walked some batters which concerned some of the fans on Twitter. He would really settle down and only allowed three hits, two runs, and struck out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings.
You might remember him from last week as he made his Double A debut. Well, this week he hit his first ever Double-A home run which was a grand slam. He took a ball deep 100 MPH off the bat into left field. He’s a prospect to keep an eye on in the following years.
Otto had a great start against the Houston Astros even though he walked four batters. He finished the outing only allowing four hits, two runs, and getting five K’s. While he didn’t earn the win, the performance was worth mentioning this week in the Weekly Report.
The Hickory Crawdads threw their second combined no-hitter of the season on Thursday night. Mason Englert pitched seven shutout innings and Theo McDowell closed out the game. Here are some of the highlights from that game. Englert struck out six batters and McDowell struck out two.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Not Hot
Currently, he is still on the IR with that injury from July 26th. I think he will be back this weekend for the Frisco Roughriders on Saturday or Sunday. However, if he doesn’t come back this series against the San Antonio Missions, he could be out the rest of the season.
Howard was just sent to the 15-Day IR for a shoulder impingement. I was really starting to like how he was pitching. Hopefully, he will return from the 15 Day IR and continue where he left off on the mound.
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