Good morning. Wow. To think it’s only been a week since the last time before yesterday that the Rangers didn’t win a game where Yu Darvish pitched into the seventh inning and gave up a couple of runs. My how time flies.
Levi Weaver recaps yesterday’s zany Yu Darvish day loss where Texas fell to the Royals 4-3 on a walkoff dropped flyball.
Barry Horn covered the game and writes that we shouldn’t single out Choo’s blunder since the rest of the defense yesterday was equally as miserable.
We get a depressing “It is what it is” quote from Darvish via T.R. Sullivan as the Rangers have now lost nine of the last ten Darvish outings while averaging under two runs per game since Opening Day when he pitches.
Yu passed Nolan Ryan on the Rangers career strikeout list yesterday so Stefan Stevenson compared to two hurlers. Wouldn’t you know it, after another local media presence decided to chime in that we need to hold Darvish accountable instead of being apologists, I had a comparison of my own:
Nolan Ryan had a National League best 2.76 ERA in 1987. He went 8-16. It's time to hold Nolan Ryan accountable.— Christopher Fittz (@apoplecticfittz) July 16, 2017
Horn writes that Jeff Banister is filling out his lineup with more urgency to win games rather than managing at-bats.
Stevenson notes that in addition to Keone Kela making his way back, Jake Diekman will throw for the first time since last year this coming week.
Sullivan looks at the development of the top arms in Frisco this season with Texas hoping they’ve replenished the depth at the top of the farm.
Horn has notes on Andrew Cashner feeling the heat (in a good way) and various other items from over the weekend.
Sullivan previews tonight’s opener between the Rangers and Orioles with Cashner making his second half debut opposite Chris Tillman.
And, lastly, old pals Nelson Cruz and Derek Holland were off having fun without us.
Have a nice day!