The Texas Rangers have been in a really dark place in the month of August. They went from on top in the AL West all the way to third place behind the Seattle Mariners by two games. they are even on the cusp of being out of the final American League Wildcard spot. They needed a spark heading into the final month of the regular season.
One person answered the call on Sunday in the bottom of the ninth, Adolis Garcia. His moonshot to left field sent a warning message to the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners that they are still indeed in contention for the division title. You could tell when Adolis stood up at home plate that he was relieved to get out of the hitting drought he's been currently in.
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The Rangers also got some other good news today. It is reported that Nathan Eovaldi could pitch in the second or third game against the Houston Astros this week. Also, Josh Jung is reported to be at least two to three weeks out from returning to the lineup. If this team can get some wins starting this week, they could be a team that no one wants to play in the playoffs.
This is a huge week coming up for the Rangers. They kick off the final Lone Star Series of the season at home against the Houston Astros. This is a huge series because the Rangers will win the Silver Boot with a sweep against the Astros. Both teams are tied for second and only a game back on the
Also while writing the Weekly Report, it was reported by Rangers Beat Reporter Kennedi Landry that 2023 first-round Rangers draft pick Wyatt Langford will be called up to the Frisco RoughRiders for the remainder of the season.
This is huge news because he is quickly moving up the ladder in the farm system. Fans should pump their breaks because more than likely he will start the 2024 season with the RoughRiders again. It will be good for his development.
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Max Scherzer pitched one heck of a gem Thursday night against the Minnesota Twins. In six quality innings, Scherzer only allowed one hit, two walks, and seven strikeouts. It's too bad that the Rangers' offense couldn't get him the win on Thursday. When you pitch a gem like that, you should be awarded with a win from your teammates.
Leiter had another quality outing after returning from the instructional league to work on his fundamentals. On Sunday he pitched another three innings and struck out seven batters. I think going down to Arizona to work on his mechanics was just what the doctor ordered. You can tell the work paid off as he has more control of his pitches.
I think this could be the turning point in his career after having a rough start to his professional career.
It was so awesome seeing him get the solo walk-off home run after such a terrible month at the plate. As I mentioned above, you could tell that he was excited when he looked up standing on home plate before rounding the bases. He is the heartbeat of this team and if there is one bat they need down the stretch of September, it's him.
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Once again, the Rangers Bullpen is the reason why the Rangers can't gain ground in the AL West Title race. They couldn't get a win for Scherzer Thursday after the gem he pitched.
They also gave the lead back twice to the Twins on Sunday and they should be thanking their lucky stars Garcia sent that ball into the stands. If the Rangers end up missing the playoffs, I think I know where fans will point their finger for the reason why they did.