Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Success on the West Coast
By Brian Sweet
The Texas Rangers traveled out to the west coast for a couple of series. The first stop was in Los Angeles to take on the Angels. They lost the first matchup last Friday due to relief pitching that completely allowed the Angels to get back in the game. However, they cleaned it up and won the remaining games 10-1 and 16-8 respectively. They then traveled out to Seattle to take on the Mariniers where they won two out of three games there. That was the first series win in Seattle for the Rangers since 2019.
Corey Seager/ Jacob deGrom Injury Updates
It was announced this week that Corey Seager would be designated to the Frisco Roughriders for a couple of rehab starts. He is super close to returning to the Rangers lineup that he could even return when the Rangers come home to take on the Atlanta Braves next week. It will be nice to see him back in the Rangers lineup, especially on Corey Seager City Connect Bobblehead Night next Friday against the Rockies.
Texas Rangers Manager Bruce Bochy announced that Jacob DeGrom would need another two to three weeks to heal the elbow inflammation that he has. It's pretty smart to do that because the last thing you need is for him to get really hurt and be out for the remainder of the season. With the way the Rangers starters are pitching right now, he can take all the time that he needs to heal that throwing arm of his.
Texas Rangers City Connect Night
The Texas Rangers will have another City Connect Night next Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. the Rangers will be wearing their City Connect uniforms and the first 15,000 fans will get a Corey Seager City Connect bobblehead. I don't know if they will have a limited edition poster that they are giving away. If you have no plans next Friday night, take your family out to the ball game.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's Hot
Josh H. Smith
Josh Smith has really been an impact player on this west coast road trip. In the last seven games, Smith has five hits, two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. I remember watching the last game against the Angels when his hit hooked right inside the foul pole for a home run. It was a very weird hit that I didn't think would be a home run. Smith seems to be finding his rhythm again and if Seager needs a breather, he can play shortstop.
The Gray Wolf went out there and put on a clinic in the first game against the Seattle Mariners. Gray pitched seven innings and only allowed four hits and 8 strikeouts. I remember reading tweets from Rangers fans worrying if Gray was going to have a bad game. I didn't have any worries about him and knew he was going to pitch a masterclass against the Mariners.
Texas Rangers Report: Who's Not Hot
Taveras is on the Who's Not Hot list for one reason only, his effort. In the first game against the Angels, he had an opportunity to make a game-saving catch and trotted over to attempt to catch it. If he dove trying to catch the ball, I wouldn't have minded if he missed it. I just need to see more effort from him as the season moves along or else he could be traded at the deadline.
Bullpen last Friday against Angels
I feel really bad for Dane Dunning because his amazing performance was wasted away by the bullpen. Dunning left the game in the fifth inning after keeping the Angels at bay and then pitchers after him basically allowed the Angels to score five unanswered runs. If the Rangers want to keep their spot at the top of the AL West, they need a better overall effort from the relief pitchers.
Texas Rangers Upcoming Schedule
May 11th-14th Away vs Oakland Athletics
May 15th-17th Home vs Atlanta Braves