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That Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers plays the first game in a short series of two games at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Tuesday night. The Dbacks are expected to send rookie right-handed Taylor Widener to the mound for his 8th start, while the Rangers count on Dane Dunning making his 18th appearance this season.
Widener Struggles vs Pirates
Taylor Widener gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Pirates in his final start. There were some real bright spots here as Widener recorded a career-high eight strikes and only issued one walk, but he also hosted a full eight hits, including homers to Gregory Polanco and John Nogowski, before leaving in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old righty has shown some blink this season and comes into this favorable matchup with the Rangers carrying a respectable 3.55 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 33/11 K / BB ratio across 32 2/3 innings (seven starter).
After a promising start to the season, the Dbacks have been on an epic free fall. They come into this series with the Rangers a staggering 39 games under .500, even though they have won five of their last seven. They have been absolutely bleak in the pitching department. Coming into play on Monday, they rank the bottom five in staff ERA, WHIP, strikes, races allowed and home runs allowed. Yikes.
Dunning mediocre in Start against tigers
Dane Dunning allowed three runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Tigers. Dunning didn’t miss many bats in Tuesday’s loss and hit just two beyond his 4 2/3 innings of work. Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase both went the 26-year-old right-hander to solo home runs before his night’s work was over. Dunning will carry a 4.30 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 87/29 K / BB ratio (18 starts) in this home game against the Diamondbacks.
Rangers have been terrible at the plate through the first three plus months of the season. They rank 28th on-base percentage and 29th with a mediocre .371-slugging percentage from the game Monday afternoon. Rookie midfielder Adolis Garcia has been the only bright spot in the struggling lineup. The 28-year-old hits a respectable .257 with 22 home runs and 62 RBIs in 87 starts, and figures as a key element in Rangers’ future away field. It has been a nightmare stretch for the boys to the south.
- Rangers are 0-10 in their last 10 games
- The Rangers are 1-4 in their last five home games against the Dbacks
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- The Dbacks are 5-2 in their last seven games
- The Dbacks are 5-1 in their last six games against the Rangers
- The Dbacks are 4-1 in their last five road games against the Rangers