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Texas Rangers Week Two Recap

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One step forward, one step back

Houston Astros v Texas Rangers Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Season record: 5-5

Week 2 record: 3-4

Series record: 2-1

The Rangers started the week with a series win against the Houston Astros and ended it with a four-game series loss against the Angels, leaving them at .500 at the end of the second week of the season.

But within that, a lot happened.

Kyle Bird was sent optioned to Nashville on Monday... then brought back up on Friday.

Connor Sadzeck was traded to the Mariners.

Joey Gallo was tied in the majors for most walks. (He’s now at 10, Mike Trout has 11)

Edinson Volquez was put on the 10-day injured list because of a right elbow strain, the same elbow that has had two Tommy John surgeries. Because of this, Volquez has said he would retire if he needs a third TJS. And really who can blame him — he’s had a great career, has a World Series ring, and his elbow has clearly been through enough.

Ronald Guzman is the newest Texas Ranger to have hamstring issues, because of course someone always has to have a hammy issue. With that move, Patrick Wisdom has been called up.

The series against the Angels looked more like the Rangers I expected out of the gate, as far as pitching goes. Volquez went 3.2 innings in the first game (the Rangers only win of the series) which now we know why.

Lance Lynn actually pitched a pretty good game, going seven innings, giving him 12.2 after two starts, which is especially good to see considering him and Minor are the only two in the rotation coming into the season not off of a missed season because of injury.

Minor has 11.2 innings, Volquez has 7.2 (Sampson is replacing him in the rotation and has 9.2.). Smyly has not been able to get out of the fourth inning, going three innings in his first game and 3.1 in Saturday’s loss. Miller is just at 5.2 innings. If the Rangers want to do what they did against the Cubs and Astros, they cant keep draining their bullpen.

Luckily, they have two off days this week with a two game series in Arizona in the middle of the week before coming home for a six day homestand with a weekend series against Oakland.