Rangers News and Notes

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2019

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BY DIC HUMPHREY
DHUMPHREY24@GMAIL.COM

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Rangers finished their second three city
road trip in a row to start this week and managed just three wins in
nine games. The pitching has been perceived as the Rangers’ biggest
problem, and it may still be. However, the offense was a bigger
problem on this road trip, as the team scored just 21 runs in nine
games. They were shut out twice, and two of the wins were by 1-0
scores.
The bright spots were Mike Minor and Lance Lynn. Minor looks to
be back to the All-Star form that Ranger fans saw over the first three
months of the season.  He pitched 15 shutout innings and was the
winning pitcher in both of the 1-0 wins.  Lynn completed 12 innings in
his two starts, allowing two earned runs, but the Rangers lost both
games.
EARLY TRADE RESULTS:  The trade for Allard is looking like a steal for
the Rangers at this point.  It’s still early, but Martin has not been
good for the Braves.  He’s appeared in six games giving up six earned
runs in 4-2/3rds innings for an 11.75 ERA.  Allard is 1-0 in two
starts.  His ERA is 4.50 having given up five runs in 10 innings, but
three of those runs scored after he left the game.  It’s just two
starts, but he is looking like a serious candidate to be part of the
Rangers’ 2020 starting rotation.
Nick Solak is the second baseman the Rangers acquired from Tampa
Bay for Pete Fairbanks. Solak has ripped AAA pitching to shreds since
joining the Rangers’ Nashville affiliate, hitting .340 in 97 at bats
with nine home runs and 25 RBIs.  That’s a whopping 1.055 OPS!  It
seems almost a certainty that Solak will be called up to the Rangers
when the rosters expand in September, if not sooner.
RANGERS HALL OF FAME:  Josh Hamilton and former Arlington Mayor
Richard Greene will be inducted into the Rangers’ Hall of Fame in
ceremonies prior to Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
Hamilton was certainly a key player for the 2010 and 2011 Ranger teams
that went to the World Series. Mayor Greene was instrumental in
keeping the Rangers in Arlington in the 1980’s when the franchise was
on the verge of getting moved to another city. They will become the
21st and 22nd members of the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame.

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