The Texas Rangers just finished up a four game series against the struggling Detroit Tigers. They had a chance during the weekend to also get back to a .500 record.
Instead, they won the first two and in embarrassing fashion lost the last two of the four game series. Taylor Hearn gave up 8 runs on 10 hits in just 3.2 innings. The Rangers allowed 14 runs total on Saturday.
On Sunday Dane Dunning continued his road struggles giving up 5 runs of 4 hits and 4 walks. The Rangers once again lost the game, this time by the score of 7-3.
What They Missed
Detroit had been struggling, having lost 5 out of their last six (4 in a row) before losing two more to Texas. In those 4 games they had only scored 6 runs, being shut out twice.
So instead of being 33-33, the Rangers head home with a record of 31-35. They have decisions to make about Taylor Hearn, Dane Dunning, as well as bullpen decisions with Jose LeClerc returning and Jonathan Hernandez close to coming back.
Who is waiting in the wings
Cole Ragans is now only one step away from the majors, Jake Latz, A.J. Alexy, Cole Winn and others my get their opportunity soon.
If Taylor Hearn is removed from the rotation, I believe he will wind up back in the bullpen.
Personally, Taylor Hearn is one of my favorite players, but the results just aren’t there right now. He has been given a long leash and it may be coming to an end soon.
Dane Dunning needs to show soon that he can pitch at home and on the road. John King is another who has missed some opportunities. He has been up and down.
Why it matters
Now I do remember that the Rangers are not supposed to compete in 2022, but they are expected to at least win the games they should win.
Even thought the Rangers missed opportunities over the weekend, it has still been a more enjoyable season than 2020 or 2021. I expect the Texas Rangers to still finish above 72 wins, which would be a 12 game improvement from 2021.