Jeff Wilson reacts to yet another bullpen blow up for the Rangers on this homestand but writes that the bullpen shouldn’t shoulder all of the blame.
Why wouldn’t you blame the ‘pen? Well, as Evan Grant writes, early season usage rates had already put the relief corp on a collision course with disaster.
T.R. Sullivan recaps the 9-4 loss which was once a pretty normal 3-3 game heading into the ninth inning before the latest Rangers implosion.
Levi Weaver’s game story focuses on how the Rangers did a lot right for eight innings before doing everything wrong in the final frame.
Grant writes that Doug Brocail doesn’t like cut fastballs but the Rangers keep throwing ‘em anyway.
Wilson writes that Isiah Kiner-Falefa contributing with the bat has been a nice surprise for the Rangers in their time of need.
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Looking back over the last few series, Matt Fisher writes that the Rangers feel like a team stuck in perpetual spring training.
Sullivan has notes on the six-man rotation perhaps finally realized, rehabbing Rougie, and Chris Martin’s high school reunion.
And, lastly, Grant’s notebook ponders if bunting against the shift is a breach of baseball etiquette which is a ludicrous idea except for the fact that the Mariners hit Joey Gallo with a pitch one pitch after he attempted a bunt with the entire Seattle infield basically in right field.
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