With the 2023 Texas Rangers season underway, it can only mean one thing. It's time for your Nolan Writin Texas Rangers Weekly Reports. For those who are new to Nolan Writin this season, my name is Brian Sweet and I'm a contributor for Nolan Writin. I'm also the Site Expert over at Blackout Dallas and a contributor for The Smoking Cuban.
When I first joined this page, I wanted to bring a weekly article that I could write throughout the season. The Texas Rangers Weekly Reports allow me to write weekly and bring you up to speed if you missed any Rangers baseball action. Without further to do let's jump into the first Texas Rangers Weekly Report of the season.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Summary of week
The Texas Rangers opened up the season at home this year against the reigning National League Champs, the Philadelphia Phillies. It was a great time at Opening Day as everyone came to witness the debut of the newest Rangers ace Jacob Degrom. The Rangers got down in a 5-0 deficit early on as DeGrom struggled in his first outing as a Ranger. That's when the bats came alive for the Rangers rallied back to win 11-7. They would go on to sweep the Phillies to kick off their season strong.
Sometimes when things are at an all-time high, they come down swiftly. That's what happened when the Baltimore Orioles came to town. Lately, the Orioles have been the Ranger's "Kryptonite" Jon Gray got no run support in the first game as the Orioles won 2-0. Andrew Heaney had a forgettable debut in the second game as they lost 7-2. Jacob DeGrom had a masterclass in the final game of the series to at least get a win against the Orioles. Let's take a look at who had a good week and who didn't.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's Hot
It should come as no surprise that Jacob DeGrom is on the who's hot list this week after his outing against the Orioles. After his shaky Opening Day Texas Rangers debut, he pitched an amazing six innings of baseball. He only allowed one earned run, two hits, and struck out 11 batters. This was a better outing from him and what Ranger fans were expecting him to do when we signed him during the offseason. I'm sure we will see more outings like his second one in the future.
Josh Jung made a very strong impression in the first week of the season. While he did strike out seven times which can be fixed as the season goes along, he did really well. He recorded seven hits, two HRs, and four RBIs. His career with the Rangers is on the right track and I expect big things from him in 2023.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's Not Hot
Talk about getting off on the wrong foot with Rangers fans. Andrew Heaney allowed seven hits which resulted in seven runs in 2.2 innings. I won't even mention where his ERA is right now considering he only pitched in one game so far this season. Fans were overreacting on Twitter and it was not called for. He probably had a case of nerves pitching with a new team and he can get back on track as the season goes on.
I was in attendance for his sophomore season debut as the Roughriders revealed their 2022 Texas League Champions banner. Jack Leiter still has his control issues from last season as he had problems after dominating in the first inning. He allowed four runs on two home runs by the Amarillo Sod Poodles.
He needs to get with a pitching control coach that isn't a part of the Rangers organization. I think the reason why he hasn't had a good start with the Rangers is due to their minor league coaching staff. Chris Young needs to look into this because Kumar Rocker better not go down the same path.