Season record: 3-5
Week 2 record: 2-3
Series record: 0-2, 1 split
The Rangers winning one game per series isn’t ideal nor is it gonna get them very far in this extremely condensed season, even though technically they’re in fourth place because the Angels have two more losses.
In taking the last game of each series this week, the Rangers looked like a different team in their wins as compared to their losses. Other than in the two wins, the bats have been cold and the defense has been lackluster. Texas also wasn’t helped by Mike Minor’s start on Friday, which wasn't up to the standards we’ve had over the last season.
The lack of consistency is hurting them. You could argue it won’t matter since the threat of an already shortened season being further cut short due to cancellation of the rest of the season feels like it could happen any day now. However, even with that line of thinking, it’d be nice to watch good baseball for however long we get it.
Just to pile on to the bad real quick, Danny Santana was put on the 10-day IL on Sunday for a right forearm straight, Jose Leclerc was put on the 45 day IL for a grade two tear of teres major muscle in right shoulder (yes the same injury as Corey Kluber), and Rougned Odor left Saturday’s game with oblique tightness.
Ronald Guzman was sent to the Alternate Training Site. INF Anderson Tejeda, Greg Bird and RHP Jimmy Herget were “called up.”
The good news, Jonathan Hernandez has looked strong out of the pen, especially after going two innings and giving up just one walk and striking out four on Sunday.
Here’s hoping a series against the struggling Angels later this week will help the Rangers figure everything out.