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Tuesday newsletter time: World Series rematch awaits Rangers, who eye win streak

(AP photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

 

The last time the Arizona Diamondbacks played at Globe Life Field they won.

Their victory in Game 2 of the 2023 World Series evened the best-of-7 series, and, if we’re being honest, they should have been up 2-0 over the Rangers. Corey Seager had different plans, though, and so did Adolis Garcia in Game 1.

The teams then piled onto their charter planes for Arizona, where the Rangers won three straight to capture the first World Series crown in franchise history.

Nearly eight months later, the reigning world champs are in a world of hurt as the Diamondbacks return to Arlington for a two-game rematch of the Fall Classic.

“We’ve got to get back on track,” manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. “We’re playing a good team. It’s always going to be good to see the team we played in the World Series. It’s going to bring back some good memories.”

The Rangers are coming off a victory Sunday that snapped a six-game losing streak. Seager homered twice, giving him seven in 10 games and making him a candidate for American League Player of the Week. Aaron Judge had a nice week, too.

The Rangers have lost five straight series, which has contributed to them falling below .500 at the one-third mark of the season. The rest of the AL West isn’t doing much better, which is a saving grace for the Rangers.

A few injured players are nearing their return from the injured list. One of them could be activated today.

Langford ready?

The last time Wyatt Langford was at Globe Life Field was May 15, and he was packing his bags for Arizona.

He said then that he might be activated from the injured list (strained right hamstring) for the two-game series against Arizona. He spent the weekend with Triple A Round Rock, playing three games and going 2 for 10.

Minor-league teams don’t play on Mondays. A 2-for-10 showing doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence, though the Rangers look at things like chase rate, hard-hit balls and other metrics when evaluating a player’s readiness. They also have reports on his work in Arizona.

Round Rock is at home this week, and a few more games there wouldn’t hurt the rookie or the Rangers.

Whenever he returns, he will do so with a .226 average and one career home run, which didn’t clear the fence.

Angel quits

Say so long to Angel Hernandez. Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported Sunday night that the infamous umpire is retiring, and Hernandez confirmed it in a statement.

The end comes six weeks too late for Langford, who was screwed over by Hernandez on April 12 at Houston, and the end is way overdue. He has long been considered the worst umpire in baseball, and he backed up with a giant ego. He also sued MLB for discrimination, a case he lost.

The report said that MLB and Hernandez had been negotiating a buyout since his last game May 9. With performance the obvious motivation for MLB to approach Hernandez about retiring, maybe this opens the door for others who are bringing shame to the game to meet a similar fate.

Then again, it took years to get rid of Hernandez.

Rangers Today road trip

A partnership with Triple A Round Rock and the Nolan Ryan Foundation will produce the second live show in the history of the Rangers Today Baseball Podcast. And a third.

The show is going to Dell Diamond on Friday and Saturday. We’ll have player guests and maybe a Ryan or two as the Round Rock presents a Nolan Ryan Replica Hall of Fame Ring giveaway Saturday.

The podcast is doing A-OK, and we’ve started a minor-league show that will have a new episode this week.

If you live in the Round Rock area, come on out, stop by and let us know you’re there. We’ll have a few special items available for those at the games.

This should be a lot of fun.

Doggy video!

Reminder to stay hydrated this summer. Enjoy.

Watch today’s video here.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

 

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger May 28, 2024

    Time to pickup Langford again in fantasy baseball! Being in 1st allows a bit of flexibility (as well as having only 2 other active teams in the league).

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