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Monday newsletter time: Rangers should let Gerson Garabito story play out

(Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports)

 

The Rangers came home Sunday evening with a win in their back pockets.

It’s only one win, as manager Bruce Bochy said afterward, and it was the only win on the six-game road trip that saw the Rangers fall below .500 for the first time since 2022. But that one win might allow everyone to breathe a bit easier and clear their heads as they go forward.

They saw the winning formula, and it’s nothing new. They lost track of it, for whatever reason. Actually, there are plenty of reasons.

On Sunday, though, they needed a lifeline. Jon Gray (groin) couldn’t pitch, so the Rangers went with a bullpen game started by Gerson Garabito.

Who?

It’s a fair question. Garabito hadn’t been in affiliated baseball since 2021. He pitched in the Nicaragua Winter League. That’s barely a step down from the California Penal League. The Rangers found him in the Pan Am games last year in Chile, signed him to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Double A Frisco.

That didn’t last long. He was bumped to Triple A Round Rock after one whole start. He pitched well there, too, and earned his opportunity Sunday.

“The last couple years I stayed at home and practiced,” Garabito said. “I just keep playing, kept throwing the ball, and this happened right now.”

What happened was 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He pitched in traffic throughout, but the moment never got to big for the 28-year-old. Vicente Padilla is from Nicaragua, and if the Nicaraguan Winter League features players anything like Padilla and his buddies who used to hang around spring training, a big-league game should be no big deal.

The Rangers could send Garabito down or designate him for assignment after he threw 84 pitches. After a day off, though, he might be ready to go. After waiting to make his MLB debut until Sunday, he’d probably throw another 84 pitches today.

He pitched well enough to stick on the roster. The Rangers can stick him in the bullpen until they might need a fifth starter again. By then, though, Nathan Eovaldi should be back.

Still, Garabito should stick around. The Rangers will be fine with a mere eight relievers Tuesday and Wednesday. Besides, this is a great story, and it needs a little more time to play out.

Seager rolling

For those stuck in April, Corey Seager is back.

The All-Star shortstop, World Series MVP and American League MVP runner-up

He has reached base in 20 straight game, has seven homers in 10 games and nine homers in 17 games. He has raised his average 39 points, to .258, since May 2 and has a .796 OPS. And climbing.

His first of two home runs Sunday was a two-run shot that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. He wasn’t the only hitter who produced, as Nathaniel Lowe collected two RBI singles.

If Evan Carter can get going from the bottom of lineup, which, let’s be honest, seems like a tall order, the Rangers might be in store for an extend run of semi-decent offensive production.

As long as Seager stays consistent, all feels much better with the Rangers’ offense.

Crazy schedule

The Rangers are off today, which is nice after a a six-game road trip. They came home for a homestand … a two-game homestand before going on the road for … three games. After an off day.

What kind of schedule is this?

These things seem to happen a couple times a season, but that doesn’t make them make any sense.

This one, though, might help the Rangers.

Today’s off day and the one Thursday would allow them to make it through the five games with only four starters. They could go until June 4 without needing a fifth starter. Eovaldi (groin) should be back by then.

What looks like a messed up twist to the schedule might actually benefit the Rangers.

ICYMI …

The road trip produced plenty of news, but not much of it was good. Going 1-5 will do that. Rangers Today continues to write it all and will keep going all season long. A World Series rematch is ahead Tuesday and Wednesday, then Rangers Today will hit the road Friday and Saturday to Round Rock. Join the fun with full access to all or our content here. Our latest content is below, in case you missed it.

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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

    I saw the quote that it was Hernandez’s childhood dream to be an MLB umpire. Well… It was my childhood dream to see him retire.

    Seager is on fire and shpuld be worth the contract with a .900+ OPS the next few years and a 0.850 lifetime OPS. An extra WS ring or more would only help.

    Angel Hernandez is the case against DEI.

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