Texas Rangers news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 31 May 2016 21:17:49 -0700
Texas Rangers C Bobby Wilson is hitting .526 over his past five games, but he did not play Tuesday, May 31, against the Cleveland Indians. Manager Jeff Banister said he did not want to overwork Wilson or C Bryan Holaday, who has also been hot.
Fantasy Tip: Wilson should draw back into the lineup soon, as Holaday has played three straight games. Despite his recent hot streak Wilson is still best used as a No. 2 catcher in AL-only fantasy leagues and as a salary saver in DFS.
Tue, 31 May 2016 21:17:18 -0700
Texas Rangers C Bryan Holaday made his third consecutive start Tuesday, May 31, against the Cleveland Indians. He has four hits and four RBIs during the span, including a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs Tuesday.
Fantasy Tip: Holaday is still only worth a look as a No. 2 receiver in AL-only fantasy formats and as a low-end DFS option when starting.
Tue, 31 May 2016 21:16:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Desmond is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with six runs scored, a homer and seven RBIs during the impressive nine-game run. He has been hot for an extended period, re-emerging as a must-start across all fantasy formats and DFS play.
Tue, 31 May 2016 21:15:54 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis allowed two hits and two walks with two strikeouts over six scoreless innings Tuesday, May 31, against the Cleveland Indians to push his record to 5-0 while lowering his ERA to 3.09. He has won his past three starts, and lasted six or more innings in 10 of 11 outings this season.
Fantasy Tip: With the exception of a hiccup May 25, Lewis has been on point since mid-April. The good news is he doesn't allow many runs or walks, but he also doesn't roll up many strikeouts, either. He is more of an AL-only fantasy option than mixed formats, but as long as he is winning he is attractive in each format.
Tue, 31 May 2016 02:40:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mazara's power doesn't seem to be going away, and you should continue to start him in all formats.
Tue, 31 May 2016 02:32:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Choo has been plagued by injuries the last couple of years. He is worth stashing if you have the space, but feel free to dump him for a more reliable option if available.
Sun, 29 May 2016 15:35:28 -0700
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland went 1-for-4 but hit a go-ahead three-run homer to cap a four-run fourth inning on Sunday, May 29, in a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Moreland also connected on a solo blast in a win over the Pirates on Saturday, May 28.
Fantasy Tip: Moreland is batting .190 and has only two multi-hit games in May, so most mixed-league owners probably don't need to rush to pick him up. Strangely, today's effort gives him three home runs and 10 RBI this month, which is nearly identical to his production in April (three homers, 11 RBI). Owners can feel free to move along here, as Moreland needs to get hot pretty soon if he wants to come anywhere close to last year's numbers (.278, 23 homers and 85 RBI).
Sun, 29 May 2016 15:10:14 -0700
Texas Rangers DH Prince Fielder cracked a solo home run for his only hit in four at-bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, May 29. The homer was his first since April 19, ending a streak of 131 consecutive at-bats without one.
Fantasy Tip: Batting a frigid .197 following today's games, Fielder is also nickel-and-diming his way near the Mendoza line as well. Since his last off-day on May 16, the 275-pound slugger has recorded a hit in nine of 11 games, although the last eight of those are one-hit efforts. Fielder is bound to climb over .200 and pick up the pace in the power department at some point, but the fact he is a designated hitter only in a number of fantasy leagues means there are plenty of more appealing options.
Sun, 29 May 2016 10:36:39 -0700
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus, OF Jared Hoying and C Bobby Wilson are not in the starting lineup against Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano Sunday, May 29. OF Ryan Rua will start in left field and is batting sixth. C Bryan Holaday will start at catcher and is batting eighth, while 2B Hanser Alberto will start at shortstop and is batting ninth.
Fantasy Tip: Rua is hitting .429 with one home run and three RBI against left-handed pitchers and can be a sleeper option in daily fantasy leagues. Alberto and Holaday have not done much at the plate this season and probably should be avoided in most leagues.
Sun, 29 May 2016 06:31:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Profar has fleeting fantasy value in deeper leagues and could have a solid stretch leading off for the Rangers. It is unlikely he proves enough to stick around once Rougned Odor's seven-game suspension is finished, but Profar is a potential stash in AL-only leagues if demoted.
Sun, 29 May 2016 06:26:32 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish (elbow) allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven batters through five innings during the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, May 28. Darvish hit 98 mph on the radar gun and was pleased with his outing. "Physically I felt I could go more innings, but mentally I was like 'I'm done here," Darvish said through an interpreter. "Today I was heating it up pretty good so I felt pretty good."
Fantasy Tip: If there were any concerns, Darvish squashed them Saturday. View the hurler as a fantasy ace in all fantasy formats going forward, but just note, there could be some peaks and valleys along the way given this was his first start since 2014.
Sat, 28 May 2016 07:51:11 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gallo had only one at-bat with Texas before being sent back down. Unless an injury or another circumstance opens up more playing time at the major league level, Gallo can be ignored in the majority of formats. His elite power combined with improvements in plate discipline could make him an immediate contributor whenever he sees consistent playing time, though.
Fri, 27 May 2016 22:24:02 -0700
Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels was touched up for six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, May 27. It was Hamels' first loss since August 7, 2015, and ended a streak of 12 straight winning decisions.
Fantasy Tip: It was bound to happen. Hamels made 19 starts in between losses, earning the "W" in a dozen of them. The southpaw hasn't been quite as sharp lately -- 4.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP in his last four starts -- but there's no reason to panic. Weather the storm secure in the knowledge that better days are ahead.
Fri, 27 May 2016 15:57:55 -0700
Texas Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar might not receive enough at-bats to remain with Texas after 2B Rougned Odor's seven-game suspension is completed, in the opinion of The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant.
Fantasy Tip: Profar would likely be helpful for Texas in a depth/utility role, but it might also be at the expense of his development, and the Rangers probably want him to see full-time work. He does have a week-long audition to push the issue, though. For now, view Profar as a fleeting option in cavernous mixed and AL-only formats, but it is a situation to watch.
Fri, 27 May 2016 15:51:25 -0700
Fantasy Tip: At some point, Texas has to be looking for more in the heart of their lineup, as Fielder has just two home runs this season with a .193/.269/.281 slash line. It is fine to remain patient with Fielder given his track record, but he should be riding the pine and not in your starting lineup.
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