The Texas Rangers are currently in the middle of a huge road trip to wrap up the May portion of their schedule, and they haven't slowed down. The Rangers were able to take two out of three against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who is one of the surprise NL teams this season. To go into their stadium and do that, just shows that the Rangers are on the right path.
After the Pittsburgh series, the Rangers traveled to take on the Baltimore Orioles, where they took that series as well. Unfortunately, the bullpen coughed up the game on Sunday not allowing the Rangers to get the sweep. The Rangers have one more road series before returning home and that is against the Detroit Tigers. Expect a rumble in the Detroit jungle, as the Rangers wrap up this road trip.
There is one thing that is strange about the next series. There are two games against the Tigers that will start around noon, Texas time. I just find that strange and thought you should know that. Let's take a look at some of the other news surrounding the Rangers right now.
Texas Rangers outfielder, Travis Jankowski, and other injury updates
Travis Jankowski was activated and placed in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers desperately need his bat, as Ezequiel Duran is currently injured right now. Mitch Garver is currently still rehabbing down in Triple-A with the Round Rock Express. He has had no roadblocks and could be up in the next week and a half. As for Jacob DeGrom, he is throwing bullpen sessions and has looked good. They will continue with the bullpens and assign him for a rehab assignment hopefully in the next week or two. No need to rush him with the way the starters are pitching.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's hot
Nathan Eovaldi threw his second complete game of the season against the Pirates, and it was a beauty. In nine innings pitched, Eovaldi only allowed six hits, one run, one walk, and five strikeouts. Eovaldi's signing this past offseason has felt like a steal and it's helping out the Rangers. Pitching Coach Mike Maddux deserves some of the credit for the way he has pitched this season. I hope he continues to have a great season, as we go into the month of June.
Gray is another pitcher who is on a hot streak right now and deserves to be recognized. He pitched in the first game against the Orioles, and he let them have it. In seven innings, Gray only allowed four hits, one run, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Maddux also deserves some credit for how Gray has evolved this season. If the Rangers want to go deep into the playoffs, these quality starts by Gray have to continue.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who's not hot
When a batter gets hot, sometimes they will end up in a hitting slump. That is the case with Adolis Garcia right now. In the past week, Garcia has five hits and six strikeouts at the plate. It stinks that this happened to Garcia right as we went on the road trip. Hopefully, he will start to warm up again as we begin the series with the Detroit Tigers today.