24 hours after the Rangers 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros last night, Texas will be back at it this evening in a pivotal Game Four from Globe Life Field.
Bruce Bochy tabbed Andrew HeaneyBruce Bochy tabbed Andrew Heaney as the Rangers’ starter in what is to this point is the biggest start of the season. Heaney started Game One of the ALDS in Baltimore where he went 3 ⅔ innings allowing just one run on two hits and walk. Dane Dunning piggybacked Heaney in that game and don’t be surprised if he does the same tonight as Texas looks to keep the series momentum on their side.
The first pitch of Game Four won’t be thrown by Heaney but instead by Rangers legend Michael Young who will celebrate his 47th birthday at the ballpark on Thursday.
Safe to say the Rangers offense could have used a bat like Michael Young on Wednesday. Other than Josh Jung who hit two home runs, the offense as a unit struggled to really get anything going.
Astros righty Jose Urquidy will be the Rangers’ opposition in Game Four. Urquidy was 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA in the regular season and pitched 5.2 innings giving up two runs in the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins.
Evan Carter went 1-4 in his first game batting in the number three spot in the lineup but that was just an overview of the struggle at the top last night.
Rangers 1-5 hitters combined for just two hits last night. For reference that is the same amount of home runs that Josh Jung hit.
If Texas wants to win tonight, they’ll need to see more offensive production from their stars at the top and will need a strong start from Andrew Heaney.
With a win tonight, the Rangers can take a three-to-one stranglehold on this series while still having another game at Globe Life Field on Friday to potentially close the series out.
No matter what the result last night was, the reality is that the Rangers are two wins away from the World Series and have a major opportunity in front of them tonight to take another step towards a World Series Championship.