Texas Rangers news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:49:50 -0700
Texas Rangers SS Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI Friday, April 29, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is hitting .394 over the past 10 games after hitting .091 over his first 12 outings.
Fantasy Tip: Desmond is red hot and a must-start in all fantasy formats, and he is a good DFS value since his salary was held down due to his earlier poor start.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:49:20 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis allowed two runs and nine hits over seven innings in a win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, April 29. Lewis entered the game 6-11 with a 6.82 ERA in his career against the Angels. Lewis did not record a strikeout for the first time in 117 regular season and postseason starts, since May 2011.
Fantasy Tip: Lewis was a risky fantasy option and DFS play, especially since he was facing a red-hot Hector Santiago. However, the risk paid off for contrarian players.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:18:46 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister is considering using a six-man rotation when SP Yu Darvish (elbow) is activated from the disabled list. If all goes well with his rehab, Darvish could return to action in late May, and the Rangers will play 43 games in a 45-day stretch between May 27 and July 10.
Fantasy Tip: None of the Rangers' current starters has pitched poorly enough to be demoted to the bullpen and Banister is also taking each pitcher's recent injury history into account when it comes to a possible six-man rotation. Darvish, along with SPs Martin Perez and A.J. Griffin, have each undergone Tommy John surgery in the last three years, while SP Derek Holland missed most of the previous two seasons due to various injuries and SP Cole Hamels has battled a recent hamstring issue. A six-man rotation would negatively impact owners of Texas starters in seasonal leagues due to the slim chances of any pitcher receiving two starts in the same week.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:04:48 -0700
Confirming a previous report, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Frisco Saturday, April 30. He will play five innings in the outfield during his first rehab game.
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton is projected to be a platoon player in either left field or right field once he returns from the disabled list. His age (34), declining skills and injury history limit his fantasy appeal to AL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:57:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mazara hasn't had a lot of hitless games so far, as the left-handed Dominican has been lights out. He is still hitting .345 with a .906 OPS even with the hitless performance.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:56:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Perez has three quality starts in three home outings this season. He isn't a high strikeout pitcher, and he doesn't get a ton of run support for some reason. The Rangers have provided a total of 11 runs in his five starts so far this season.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:46:24 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels (groin) threw a successful second bullpen session Wednesday, April 27, and he's scheduled to return to the rotation and face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday, May 1.
Fantasy Tip: Hamels isn't getting as many strikeouts as he has in the past (23 in 25 inning), but he's been efficient and has gone at least six innings in three of his four starts. Hamels has also allowed three earned runs or less in each of his outings. Facing the Angels Sunday, Hamels should be returned to starting lineups everywhere. The Halos rank dead last in the AL with a .646 OPS.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:23:23 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (elbow) will need to be stretched out to 90 to 100 pitches before making his 2016 debut, according to manager Jeff Banister. Bannister projects Saturday, May 21, or Friday, May 27, as potential return dates for Darvish.
Fantasy Tip: There are still potential hiccups ahead, but fantasy owners who've patiently stashed Darvish want him healthy and available as the start-and-forget ace of their rotation. Continue to check back for updates and monitor his rehab starts, which begin with a two-inning/30-pitch outing Sunday, May 1.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:27:55 -0700
Texas Rangers 1Bs Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland are not in the starting lineup against New York Yankees left-handed SP CC Sabathia Wednesday, April 27. OF Ryan Rua is the designated hitter and is batting fifth, while 2B Hanser Alberto is at first base and is hitting eighth.
Fantasy Tip: Rua hits much better in his short career against left-handers (.287 with three of his six homers), so he could be a deep sleeper worth pursuing in daily formats. Alberto has just two hits in 14 at-bats (.143) and hit .222 in 99 at-bats in 2015. He's one to avoid.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:32:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Continue to stash the fantasy ace in all formats and monitor his progress during his rehab assignment. Darvish has an approximate return date set for Monday, May 16, and the outing Sunday will be the first of three rehab starts. Through his 83 career starts, Darvish has a 3.27 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 11.2 K/9.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:20:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Odor has been leading off the past three games, but facing a lefty, DeShields is setting the table again Wednesday. DeShields grabs a huge fantasy boost batting atop the lineup, whereas Odor's value doesn't significantly change outside of likely trading a few opportunities to score runs for RBI chances. Both are strong daily options against Sabathia Wednesday, too.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:26:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Brinson is one of the team's top prospects that could emerge at some point this year. Keep him on your watch lists.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:34:08 -0700
Texas Rangers OF Ian Desmond had two hits and scored three runs, twice on wild pitches, during a 10-1 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday, April 26. He is hitting .448 with three home runs in his last eight games after hitting .091 with no homers in his first 12.
Fantasy Tip: Desmond was bound to come around following a very slow start to the season, and now that he has found his streak at the plate it's safer to put him on your fantasy roster.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:25:16 -0700
Texas Rangers OF Nomar Mazara had two singles and scored twice on his 21st birthday Tuesday, April 26. Mazara has hit safely in 11 of 14 games, with six multi-hit games since being promoted from Triple-A Round Rock on April 10.
Fantasy Tip: As Mazara continues to hit well, the likelihood of him going down to the minors decreases. Keep him in mind for your fantasy roster as long as he continues to hit like this.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:17:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Griffin improved to 3-0 with the win and shut down a Yankees lineup that had been pretty potent most of the season. Griffin missed most of the past two years due to Tommy John surgery, and a game like this makes Griffin look solid in fantasy circles.
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