Season record: 45-85
Week 22 record: 2-4 (Monday’s loss in Boston went on last week’s record)
Series record: 11-28, 3 split
The Rangers won two games last week. The first game against Cleveland and the last game against the Houston Astros. The game against the Astros almost felt like we had been thrown back to 2015/2016 when both teams were competing for playoff spots and the rivalry was at a high. With the Rangers scoring 13 runs, Adolis Garcia giving them their first grand slam of the season in an eight run innings, and six Rangers having a multi-hit game.
As I mentioned in the series preview on Friday, the Rangers had the chance to play spoiler this weekend and help the Oakland A’s if not make ground in the division, at least help them stay just 5.5 games back from Houston, which is what happened thanks to the Rangers win on Sunday.
Texas will wrap up this home-stand with a three game series against the Colorado Rockies.
The Rangers will once again have a starter making his MLB debut tonight in righty A.J. Alexy. In 16 games, 10 starts, across double A Frisco and triple A Round Rock, the 23-year-old has pitched 65 innings with a 1.66 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
Colorado will start Germán Márquez who is 11-9 in 26 starts this season, he has a 4.02 ERA in 150 innings.
Tuesday’s starting pitchers will be Jordan Lyles for the Rangers and Austin Gomber. Lyles started against Colorado back in early June and went five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks. Gomber is 9-8 this season with a 4.38 ERA in 110 innings.
In Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, the Rangers will face Kyle Freeland. Freeland is 5-6 this seaosn with a 4.17 ERA in 17 starts. Texas will activate Kohei Arihara to make the start. Arihara has been on the injured list since early May with a right middle finger contusion. His made to rehab appearances in the last week, on the 22nd he pitched two scoreless innings for Frisco on 28 pitches. In his start on the 27th with Round Rock, Arihara went two innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits and a walk on 30 pitches.