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Friday newsletter time: Rangers’ schedule could be taking a short, friendly turn

(Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports)

 

The worst record in baseball belongs to the White Sox, and they are running away with it at 15-42.

Next up from the bottom are the Marlins, who at 20-37 are one game worse than the Rockies.

The Rockies swept a three-game series from the Rangers earlier this month. Next up for the Rangers this weekend is a three-game series against Marlins.

On paper, the Rangers should be able to win a second straight series and continue building momentum after a ragged May that saw them fall below .500 for the first time in the Bruce Bochy era. They will have to play well against a Miami team that has improved this season but is still at the back of the pack.

Jose Ureña, on the strength of two extra days’ rest for his bruised ankle, is scheduled to start the opener against his former team.

A look at the Rangers’ schedule shows that the upcoming stretch of games could help them climb in the American League West standings.

After playing the Marlins, the Rangers come home for three games against the Tigers (28-28) and the Giants (29-28). The Rangers took three of four games earlier in the season at Detroit, and the Giants are in survival mode as they deal with a heavy load of injuries.

Sound familiar?

Both are playing well, though, with the Tigers winning five of their past six.

Some things also appear to be coming together for the Rangers, who on Tuesday saw Nathan Eovaldi and Wyatt Langford return from the injured list. They’ve seen Corey Seager hit eight home runs in the past eight games, and some relievers who were never in the bullpen’s high-leverage plans are getting big outs.

The rotation continues to be a strength.

The Rangers need to do well in their next nine games. The six that follow are on the road against the Dodgers and Mariners. then, the dysfunctional Mets and upstart Royals come to town, followed by road games against the contending Brewers and Orioles to end the month.

No one with the Rangers is looking that far ahead. To do so might get them beat this weekend in Miami.

Carter’s back woes

Rookie outfielder Evan Carter was diagnosed with a lumbar sprain, which sounds unpleasant. It’s synonymous, though, with a lower back strain, which is unpleasant.

The Rangers gave no timeline for Carter to return. It also seems plausible that he has visited with a back specialist who might have diagnosed something a little more severe. Don’t be surprised, based on the Rangers’ luck this season and Carter’s back history, if that’s the case.

Carter missed most of the 2021 season with what was eventually diagnosed as a stress fracture in his lower back. He didn’t resume baseball activities until December.

The wise move is for the Rangers to get Carter’s back as strong as they can before letting him return. He’s only 21. He has a long way to go in his career, and it will feel even longer if he has back problems popping up every couple of seasons (if not sooner).

Rangers Today roadshow

The Rangers Today Baseball Podcast continues to exceed all expectations.

To that end, the show will be at Dell Diamond tonight on the concourse before Triple A Round Rock plays El Paso. Players will be on hand. So will QR codes for discounted Rangers Today subscriptions and a few copies of At Long Last, the commemorative book on the Rangers’ World Series season.

John Moore and I will be around to talk ball. We might even have a beer while doing that.

Anyhoo, come on out, and thanks to Round Rock for being a partner with Rangers Today. The same goes for Frisco and Premier Properties, and we will be welcoming two new partners next week.

There’s still room for your company. Send an email to jeff@rangerstoday.com.

Card of the Week

The second episode of the Rangers Today Minor League Roundup podcast was shot Thursday with guests Jordan Tiegs, the Rangers minor-league pitching coordinator, and right-hander Alejandro Rosario, the 2023 fifth-round pick.

The show is absolutely worth watching at the embed above this item on our YouTube channel. If you don’t know much about Rosario, he’s great, and I’m not talking about just his pitching.

He actually has a handful of cards in circulation, including some from his time in high school pitching for Team USA. However, the Card of the Week is his 2023 Panini Elite Extra Edition Signatures Diecut 24/24.

I bought it.

Rosario is from Miami, the city, a Miami Christian High School and the University of Miami. He’s pitching for Low A Down East and pretty much dominating.

He throws 100, which helps explain why he has 38 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings. Despite all of that velo, he said his out pitch is a split-fingered fastball.

He didn’t have particularly robust numbers last season at Miami, but the Rangers identified his strengths, convinced him to focus on those, and the results have been terrific.

Rosario said his performance has even surprised him.

Aside from what he’s doing on the mound, Rosario is as solid as they come off of it. He comes from a single-parent household, and he said his mother prepared him for life on his own.

Rosario is one to watch.

Doggy video!

I hope he comes to Globe Life Field next week. 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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