Season record: 67-71
Week 23 record: 3-3
Series record: 16-16, 12 splits
This week wasn’t all bad but the highlight was definitely Saturday, with a great ceremony honoring Michael Young and retiring his number that brought back memories, brought people back from some of the best Texas Rangers teams, and featured a game that ended in a walk-off hit, which seemed perfectly fitting.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa got his second walk-off hit in as many weeks on Saturday as he came up with bases loaded, one-out and smashed a hit to the outfield to win the game. Elvis Andrus started the inning with a lead-off double, and tied the game with a somewhat-close-but-not-that-close play at the plate where he showed off his instincts in the basepaths.
The Rangers split both series this week, a two-gamer against the Angels and a four-game series against Seattle. That also concluded the season series against both division teams. Texas won both season series.
Before the series against the Angels, the Rangers put Hunter Pence on the injured list with a lower back strain. He’s currently on just the 10-day, retroactive to Saturday, August 24, but it sounds like he’s still having too much discomfort to play, so it’s unclear if he’ll be activated on Tuesday when the 10 days are up.
September started Sunday which meant expanded rosters. The Rangers brought up Ronald Guzman and Ian Gibaut, and activated Nomar Mazara, Adrian Sampson, Jeffrey Springs and Edison Volquez off the injured list. To make room on the 40-man, Texas designated Pedro Payano and Locke St. John.
Sunday’s game was a bullpen game, giving Mike Minor an extra day and allowing him to make the afternoon start against the Yankees in New York today.