Season record: 34-30
Week 11 record: 4-3
Series record: 11-5, 5 splits
(I need to make a quick correction, in my previous recaps for series record, I had been saying the home series against Oakland in April that included the postponed game was TBD, thinking that the game would still count in that series. However, after listening to Nadel call this weekend a four-game series, that means that the April series and this weekend series were both splits.)
This was another busy week for the Texas Rangers. Because I am who I am, I’m going to start with Saturday’s game and talk about Adrian Beltre.
The Rangers retired Adrian Beltre’s number 29. What stuck out to me was the amount of players in the videos that said not only Beltre would obviously be in the Hall of Fame, but also that he was very clearly a first-ballot HoFer. I think it’s super cool that people like Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, George Brett, and Mike Schmidt have so much respect for Beltre especially coming from players that weren’t on his team and some of them being opponents he faced somewhat often.
Another thing that struck me and showed the character Beltre has, which we all knew, he made a point to thank the trainers and clubhouse guys and did so by name. I think it would be very easy for guys at Beltre’s level and talent and caliber to overlook guys like that, or just briefly mention them.
A lot of his Ranger teammates also congratulated, I specifically loved Choo fessing up that he did indeed take advantage of situations to touch Beltre’s head and that some times when Beltre didn’t know who did it, it was often Choo! Who could blame him? If I had the opportunity, I think I’d take it.
Of course Elvis took his opportunity which I think everyone except Beltre saw coming!
But onto the current Rangers, once again, another injury. This time a player in a position with the least amount of depth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went on the 10 day IL on Thursday with a jammed right middle finger. The Rangers made a trade for catcher Tim Federowicz, who promptly homered in his first game as a Ranger on Saturday afternoon.
The Rangers swept Saturday’s double header, the afternoon game being the postponed game from early April. In that game, Joe Palumbo made his major league debut going four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, no walks, and he struck out four. Phillips Valdez, the 26th player on the roster as allowed for double headers, pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut Saturday afternoon as well.
According to research done by Rangers staff, this is first time in club history that it has won a game with multiple pitchers making their MLB debuts.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) June 8, 2019
After Saturday’s games, the Rangers were at their season best five games over .500.
Saturday night featured at complete game by Adrian Sampson who is now 5-0 in his last five games with a 1.99 ERA.
They dropped Sunday’s game, Peter Fairbanks made his Major League debut, he pitched two innings which included striking out the side in his first inning in the bigs.
The Rangers are four games about .500, and hold the second wild card spot with a one game lead over the Red Sox.
This home stand started a season long 21 games in 20 days. Next they go on a seven game road trip with four games in Boston and a weekend game against the Cincinnati Reds.