W2W4: Rangers vs. Astros
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers welcome the Houston Astros to town for a three-game series. A few things to watch:
|Rangers play-by-play voice Eric Nadel dishes on Josh Hamilton's illness, the Silver Boot series against the Astros and more.
* Offense. The Rangers' offense is not clicking and hasn't for about five weeks now. They've hit around .250 in that time and it seems as if everyone has slumped at the same time. Are the Astros the kind of team that can help give that offense a spark?
* Josh Hamilton. He's hitting just .196 in June with one homer and five RBIs. He was AL player of the month in April and May. For a club that's offensively challenged right now, they need the 2010 MVP.
* Sellouts. The club has standing room only seats for Friday and Saturday and just 1,500 seats left for Sunday, so a series full of sellouts is probable. The Rangers, as you would expect, play better in front of larger crowds.
* Justin Grimm. The Double-A pitcher makes his big league debut Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Grimm has pitched well in Frisco and has confidence. It should be fun to see what he can do.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.