Thoughts on an 8-5 Rangers win
September 10, 2021 5:24AM CDT
Rangers 8, D-Backs 5
- And like that, the Rangers have a four game winning streak, matching their season high.
- Yeah, four games being the longest winning streak of the season underscores how bad this season has been.
- Kohei Arihara continued his final month audition, after bombing earlier in the year and then landing on the injured list due an aneurysm in his arm. Arihara did his typical thing, throwing seven different pitches, not missing a lot of bats, and made it throw 69 pitches and 4.2 IP, allowing a pair of runs — both in the second inning, while walking one and striking out three.
- The Rangers are committed to seeing what they have in Arihara — Chris Woodward said before the game they were going to make sure Arihara got his pitches in, even if he came up in a bases loaded situation, and sure enough, with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fourth, Arihara was allowed to bat. Arihara hasn’t shown enough to guarantee himself a rotation spot — or even a roster spot — in 2022, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Rangers look to outright him at some point this winter to get him off the 40 man roster, since it is unlikely he would be claimed. But he’s one of the various rotation depth guys the Rangers can look at in the final month, and he will come to spring training as one of the various internal options under consider for the rotation.