The Rangers head to Chicago to play the White Sox tonight. The game starts at 7:10pm CT and will be aired on Fox Sports Southwest. Roy Oswalt will make his third start for the Rangers. He is 2-0, but has given up 22 hits and 6 runs in his two outings so far. Despite allowing a bunch of hits, he only gave up 1 run against the Rockies in his first outing and he was able to prevent the “big inning” against Detroit, keeping the game close so that David Murphy could give the Rangers the winning edge with 2 homeruns, on June 27. The White Sox will pitch Chris Sale who is having a very good year. Sale is 9-2 with a 2.27 ERA making him one of the top pitchers in the American League. He has only allowed more than 3 earned runs in just one of his starts this year and has won his last 6 straight decisions. The Rangers will go with their right-handed lineup (benching Murphy) in order to face the lefty from Chicago.
Derek Holland pitched Monday night at AAA Round Rock and did an excellent job through five innings only allowing three baserunners on three singles. However, in the 6th frame he gave up 3 homeruns and 5 runs total, taking the loss and moving his record to 0-2 in his rehab stint. There’s a possibility Holland may make it back to the big league club to pitch on Saturday against the Twins. If not, Martin Perez will get the start and Darvish will pitch on Sunday. If he’s not brought up, Holland will make another start on Saturday, but this time at AA Frisco.
Also, there are rumors that the Rangers may be looking to add Cole Hamels, from the Phillies, or Zack Greinke, from the Brewers, before the July 31 trade deadline. It will be interesting to see what kind of moves they make given that Colby Lewis and Holland should be coming back from the DL soon, and Neftali Feliz not far behind. The acquisition of Oswalt makes it pretty tough to add a pitcher as a starter once those three return from the injured list. Picking up Hamels or Greinke would mean moving someone–Darvish, Harrison, Oswalt, Holland, and Lewis–to the bullpen. I’m betting it’s not Darvish, Harrison, Oswalt, or Lewis. Just saying. Anyhow the Rangers reportedly have downplayed this, so who knows what will transpire between now and the trade deadline.