Season record: 10-10
Week 4 record: 4-2
Series record: 3-3, 1 split
The Rangers end the week at .500 and their record looks a heck of a lot better than how they’ve played. Maybe it’s luck that they’ve won the games they have because their defense and really even their offense majority of the times, leaves a lot to be desired. There were five errors by the Rangers in the Colorado series. So pitching really can’t afford any mistakes because defense have had a few that have cost runs.
Speaking of, the most notable game last week, was Lance Lynn’s start on Friday. He’s been the workhorse of the rotation since coming here last season. You can expect him to pitch at least six innings and over 100 pitches each time out. In his 3-2 win on Friday he pitched a complete game in 110 pitches, with only one of the runs being earned. Lynn gave up just two singles to the first and second batters of the game, and then pitched no-hitter the rest of the way.
Texas took the last two against Seattle and the first two in Colorado to give them two series wins and a brief four game winning streak. It seemed as though Derek Dietrich was going to take over Rougned Odor’s spot at second after going 3-for-3 with a HBP, a stolen base, and two runs scored in Wednesday’s game but was left out of the lineup on Friday. He then was slotted in on Saturday and Sunday as the first baseman, keeping Odor in the lineupat second. I can’t say I understand it but it seems like that’s gonna be the way of the season.
The Rangers don’t want to quit Rougie.
Speaking of the season, we are now 1⁄3 of the way through the schedule and the trade deadline (Aug. 31) is sneaking up.
Another note, Danny Santana is back. He was activated Sunday and ended up pinch hitting for Choo in the eighth inning, he singled allowing Elvis to score. He later walked with the bases loaded in the ninth.
San Diego Padres Series Preview
The Rangers start their home-and-home series against the Padres on Monday with two games at home in Arlington before heading to San Diego for two games.
Jordan Lyles will make the start on Monday for the Rangers. He’s made 10 starts in 14 games against the Padres in his career, going 3-4 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 56.2 innings. He made two starts against them last year and went 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 1.029 ERA in 11.2 innings.
The Rangers will face Zach Davies who has never faced the Rangers in his career. Davies lost his last start after giving up two runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings. He’s 2-2 this year with a 2.78 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 22.2 innings.
In the finale in Arlington, Mike Minor will make the start on Tuesday. He has a career 4.06 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 37.2 innings. He last faced them in 2018, making two starts against the Padres going 1-0, giving up just two runs in 13.1 innings.
The Padres will have Texas native Chris Paddack on the mound, he’s also never faced the Rangers before and in his last start he went just three innings after giving up six runs. Paddack is 2-2 this year with a 4.91 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 25.2 innings.
Game One at Petco will have Lance Lynn vs Dinelson Lamet. Lynn is coming off his complete game two-hitter against Colorado, he hasn’t faced the Padres since 2017. He’s 3-3 in his career seven starts against San Diego, with a 3.00 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 42 innings.
Lamet is 2-1 this year in his five starts. He has a 1.59 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in 28.1 innings. In his last start, he gave up just one run to the Diamondbacks in six innings off three hits and a walk, he struck out eight.
For the final game between these two teams, the starter for the Padres is currently TBD and Kyle Gibson will be pitching for the Rangers. This will be his second start against the Padres in his career, his first at Petco. In his start in 2017, he pitched six scoreless innings.
Start Times for San Diego Series:
Monday @ 8:05 CDT
Tuesday @ 3:05 CDT
Wednesday @ 8:10 CDT
Thursday @ 7:10 CDT