Texas Rangers

AL West

Danny Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Friday against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Santana has been surprisingly effective since taking over for the injured Rougned Odor, batting .278 with a home run and two steals. He should continue to be relevant in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues with Odor shelved, particularly if you are in need of some speed.

Category: Game Recaps

Joey Gallo homers on Friday

Sat, Apr 20th 3:33am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with a home run, single, one RBI, and one run scored on Friday against Houston.

Fantasy Impact: Gallo's power is looking great as expected so far. He's slashing .246/.368/.649 with seven homers up to this point, his batting average being well over his usual .200 mark is a great sign so far.

Category: Game Recaps

Drew Smyly allowed four runs on five hits, three walks, and eight strikeouts against the Astros on Friday through 3 2/3 innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Smyly struggled once again in this one, he's up to a 7.80 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts through four starts this year. He's not a trustworthy option at all.

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Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-3 with a single, triple, walk, two RBI, and two runs scored against the Angels on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Choo's kept is hot start going, he's slashing a great .345/.446/1.046 with one homer to open up the 2019 season. He's worth using right now in the outfield with his hot start not disappearing at all right now.

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Lance Lynn allowed two runs on seven hits, three walks, and two strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings pitched on Wednesday against the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Lynn's performance put his ERA at 4.44, WHIP at 1.32, and has now recorded 21 strikeouts through 24 1/3 innings pitched. He's not a super reliable option but has the ability to perform with the right matchups.

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Jose Leclerc allowed one run on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts on Wednesday against the Angels to earn his fifth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Leclerc has not looked very good lately, he barely escaped this outing and has now allowed five runs through 7 1/3 innings pitched this year. If this keeps up he may lose the closing job.

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Mike Minor is the subject of trade news in the young 2019 season. According to Bob Nightingale, the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets are showing strong interest in Minor, just one day after throwing a complete game shutout against the Angels. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Minor has started 2019 in fine fashion sporting a 2.60 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. A move to New York or Philly should only help the 31-year old. Compared to the Texas Rangers, both teams have better ballpark factors and their offenses seem to be more consistent and potent. This is currently a rumor but fantasy owners should understand that Texas will more than likely be sellers and Minor represents their best trade-chip.

Category: Rumors

Asdrubal Cabrera homers in win

Tue, Apr 16th 3:53am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a home-run, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored on Monday against the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera's homer was his 5th of the season, he's now slashing .216/.268/.549 so far. He's never hit under .240 before and figures to see his batting averages to improve as the season goes on.

Category: Game Recaps

Nomar Mazara went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, two RBI, and two runs scored on Monday against the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Mazara's been decent to start the season hitting .244 and having his OBP at .358. He should continue to be a fairly productive player in a decent Rangers lineup as the season progresses.

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Shelby Miller allowed four runs on six hits, three walks, and no strikeouts through 4 1/3 innings pitched on Monday against the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Miller has been unable to perform well at all to open up the season. His ERA is sits at 9.00, WHIP at 2.70, and he's recorded just three strikeouts through three starts. He's as untrustworthy a SP there is at the moment.

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Delino DeShields went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases on Sunday against the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Despite just a .200 batting average, DeShields has a respectable .347 OBP thanks to eight walks already on the season. Though he usually bats ninth, he'll occasionally hit out of the leadoff spot in relief of Shin-Soo Choo. Either way, DeShields now already has five steals, and is a must-own player in all rotisserie leagues.

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Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Andrus is having an outstanding beginning to his season, slashing .414/.433/.655 with three home runs and four steals. After last year's poor performance, some doubted whether the 30-year-old Andrus could bounce back. The early returns are more than promising, and if Andrus stays healthy, he could put up numbers that rival his 2017 season.

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The Rangers placed Rougned Odor on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Odor was scratched from Friday’s lineup with knee soreness and apparently the injury was significant enough to require a trip to the IL. The 25-year-old is hitting just .167 without a homer so far this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Edinson Volquez is being shut down for 4-6 weeks. He will not throw during that timeframe before being re-evaluated. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Volquez has not even undergone an MRI on his sprained right elbow because he is not close to throwing. It seems unlikely that he'll be able to return to the rotation this season but, to the extent you are in a deep AL-only league and have open IL spots, you can keep him rostered for now.

Category: Injury Updates

Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the D'Backs on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Pence is now hitting .350 (7-for-20) to begin the season. He doesn't need to be owned in most fantasy leagues, but those in deeper formats could use a speculative add on the 35-year-old.

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Isiah Kinger-Falefa went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in the Rangers' win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old backstop is hitting .333 with a .867 OPS to start the year. He is still searching for his first homer and only needs to be rostered in two-catcher leagues for fantasy.

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Kyle Bird allowed no runs on no hits, no walks, and one strikeout through 2/3 of an inning to earn his first save against Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Bird came in once Jose Leclerc dealt with enough damage. He retired both of the hitters he faced for his first save but likely won't get many more save chances moving forward.

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The Rangers placed Ronald Guzman on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain. (Source: John Blake on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Guzman suffered the injury running the bases on Saturday. It’s unclear how long he will be sidelined for but hamstring strain typically take longer than the minimum 10 day IL stint. Joey Gallo should see more starts at first base in his absence.

Category: Injury Updates

Adrian Sampson allowed one run on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts through six innings pitched against Houston on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Sampson didn't technically start the game but sure pitched like he was the starter. He handled the loaded Astros' lineup very well, it's unknown how he'll be used moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps

The Rangers have optioned Willie Calhoun to Triple-A Nashville. (Source: TR Sullivan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old was recently considered a quality hitting prospect but struggled both last year and this spring. He remains worth holding onto in dynasty leagues but is off the redraft radar. Texas will instead use Hunter Pence in the outfield.

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