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Wednesday newsletter time: Rangers shut out, knocked to second place vs. Mariners

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)


ARLINGTON — For the first time this season, the Texas Rangers are not atop the American League West.

Cal Raleigh, Julio Rodriguez and Logan Gilbert knocked the Rangers from their perch Tuesday, lifting the Mariners into a half-game lead in the West with a 4-0 victory.

Of course, it’s far too early to be concerned about the standings, but it is symbolic of how the Rangers have played this season. They’ve been off just enough to be wallowing around .500.

Dane Dunning took the loss after allowing two-run homers to Raleigh and Rodriguez. The right-hander said those were his lone mistake pitches, though he did amass 89 pitches in 4 1/3 innings. The Rangers had only two hits against Gilbert, who continues to be their nemesis. He has a 2.59 ERA against them in 11 starts with 60 strikeouts.

Josh Smith and Nathaniel Lowe each doubled.

The Rangers didn’t fare any better against the Mariners’ bullpen, though Lowe singled against Andres Muñoz in the ninth.

The Rangers slipped back to .500 at 12-12, and it seems as if Bochy knows he and the Rangers are just going to have to wait things out until the offense comes around and produces more to its capabilities. Players like Corey Seager and Lowe are still catching up after missing much of spring training.

“We feel like we’re going out there every night to win the ballgame,” he said. “But, at the same time, there’s some guys not quite locked in.”

Homer drought

Wyatt Langford, as everyone knows by now, is still seeking his first major-league home run.

He’s hitting balls hard and getting on base regularly, indications that a home run can’t be far behind.

“There are a few other guys that don’t have home runs that are pretty good hitters,” Bochy said.

One of them was Rodriguez, who connected for his first in the third inning.

Bochy said that Langford doesn’t appear to be pressing to get that zero off the board, but he is working. He was out for early batting practice Tuesday before facing Gilbert.

Langford is also facing big-league pitching for the first time. Yes, he hit six homers in spring training, and, yes, there is that big of a difference between spring pitching and regular-season pitching.

“He’s done a good job not expanding the zone,” Bochy said. “It’s the composure and poise that are going to work for him.”

More good work

Right-hander Jose Ureña was the first man out of the Rangers’ bullpen, and he continued his strong work to open the season.

He induced a double-play grounder in the fifth with the bases loaded to escape a big jam and got another in the sixth to erase a leadoff walk.

Seven of his nine outings this season have been scoreless, and he pitched better than he deserved in allowing five runs April 13 at Houston. His ERA sits at 3.18 despite that outing.

Bochy removed Ureña after only 21 pitches with three lefty-hitters coming, but in doing so Ureña should be able to pitch again in this series. Jacob Latz, who aside from his outing Friday is also pitching well this season, did well to pitch around a one-out error on Nathaniel Lowe to post a scoreless seventh.

Jose Leclerc and Cole Winn also worked a scoreless frame each.

Doggy video!

My guess is his bark is louder than his bite. Enjoy.


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. jballauer April 24, 2024

    Wyatt is 22nd percentile in exit velocity and 29% in hardhit %. He’s definitely not hitting the ball hard…and most certainly nowhere near his capabilities. Just saying. 😉


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