The Texas Rangers went into a slump after coming home from losing the series against the Tampa Bay Rays. According to Mike Peasley, the Rangers were 9-49 with runners in scoring position against the Los Angeles Angels. They were really impatient at the plate and it felt like they were "all swinging for Midland" trying to hit home runs instead of getting on base. After the huge come-from-behind victory on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers seem to have gotten back on track.
Dallas Cowboys Night at the Ballpark
Another DFW professional sports team was honored at the ballpark this week. After honoring the Dallas Stars last week the Rangers hosted their next-door neighbors, the Dallas Cowboys. Offensive Lineman Tyler Smith had the first pitch honors. Fans that purchased their tickets through the special theme night link got a Marcus Semien Cowboy-themed jersey.
A new sheriff in town
There's a new sheriff in Arlington that arrived this week. Texas Rangers reporter Kennedi Landry reported that Jacob DeGrom and his wife had a successful birth of their new baby boy Nolan Myles DeGrom. When picking the name for the boy, both of them really liked the name Nolan. We expect the Rangers to select Nolan if he enters the MLB Draft in the future. For more info on this story, you can check out Nolan Writin Co-Site Expert West Jones' article here.
Upcoming week preview
The Rangers will be hitting the road this week starting today, in Chicago, to take on the White Sox. They are lucky that they won't be going up against former Ranger Lance Lynn, after his performance on the mound Sunday. After leaving Chicago, they will be traveling to take on Jose Trevino, and the New York Yankees this coming weekend, before heading home.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's Hot
I don't know what has happened this past week with the Rangers bullpen, but no fan should be complaining about it. They have had a really good week of coming in after the starting pitcher and shutting down their opponents. A good example of that would be John King, as he came into the game against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Jon Gray was having a bad day, but King entered the game and pitched brilliantly. He threw 3 1/3 innings, with no hits, and two strikeouts. I still think the bullpen will be improved through a trade or two, but if they keep this up, the Rangers could focus elsewhere at the deadline.
Taveras is probably the best number-nine hitter in the entire league right now, no joke. Over the last week, he has ten hits, six runs batted in, and three home runs. Taveras has really improved on his hitting this season, and it's helping the Rangers when others are having some slumps right now. Once everyone is on the same page hitting again, this lineup will be a nightmare for opposing pitchers.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's not hot
The reason why Lowe is on the bottom list this week is due to how picky he's been at the plate recently. While he did have eight hits this week, he has struck out nine times which is a concern. I was at the game on Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays and there would be times when he would strike out looking. It was like he wasn't even trying to foul the ball off to extend the at-bat. He has to forget about trying to send the ball out of the park and put the ball in play and get on base.
Garcia is in the same boat as Lowe this week, and for the same reason, his at-bats. In the 27 at-bats he had this week, Garcia only had six hits and struck out ten times. We know Garcia can send the ball out of the park if he times his hit right. The Rangers need him to focus less on hitting a home run and just get the ball in play if the Rangers have runners in scoring position.