Week ahead: Headed to Boston, Detroit
|There are some storm clouds brewing for the Rangers and it has to do with the back of the rotation. Yu Darvish and Neftali Feliz are taxing the bullpen and it could be time to move Yu up to third and Matt Harrison to fourth in the rotation. |
For the second consecutive season, the Red Sox didn't get off to a fast start. They were 1-5 on the road against Detroit and Toronto. But no team in the AL East has raced out to a quick start, either, and the Red Sox are back at home, where they're comfortable.
Since the Rangers went 0-7 at Fenway Park in 2008, Texas has actually held its own in Boston. The Rangers are 8-5 the past three seasons in Boston (and 11-5 against the Red Sox in Arlington).
Colby Lewis and Derek Holland will start for the Rangers in the two-game series. Lewis is 1-1 with a 6.28 ERA in 14 1/3 career innings at Fenway. Holland has two career starts in Boston and has allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 11 2/3 innings (3.09 ERA).
After Boston, the Rangers spend four days in Detroit. That's not been a particularly kind place to the Rangers in the regular season (and they did lose two of three in Detroit in the ALCS, though the win in Game 4 gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the series). Texas is 4-14 at Comerica Park the past four seasons.
Yu Darvish will get a chance to make his second road start of the season during the series. And the Rangers will get their first look at Prince Fielder in the American League.
Texas returns home Monday, April 23 against the Yankees.
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Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Oakland for his weekly visit.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit and wastes no time sounding off on MLB umpire Angel Hernandez.
Play Podcast Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland joins GAC from Milwaukee to discuss what it was like facing former teammate Scott Feldman, Texas' upcoming series and more.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Milwaukee for his weekly visit and discusses Nick Tepesch, the Rangers' rotation, interleague play and more.