The Texas Rangers have not had a lot to cheer about with an offense that is last in the MLB in runs per game, but have found perhaps a starter of the future in Taylor Hearn, who will look to end his season on a high note at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
The Rangers are 4-2 in Hearn’s last six starts and in his 17 total pitching appearances since the beginning of July has allowed three runs or fewer in 16 of them.
The Angels counter with their own young starting pitcher in Janson Junk, who pitched the entire season at the Double-A level before being called up to the major leagues and has allowed nine runs across his 12 innings of work since being called up.
The Rangers faced Junk in his MLB debut and spoiled it with Junk exiting having allowed five runs and two home runs across 3 ²/₃ innings as the Angels lost that game and are 1-2 in his three starts.
With the Rangers bullpen entering the series 11th in the league in ERA since the All-Star break at 3.85 and the Angels 25th in that span and entering the series with the fewest runs scored of any American League team in September, the Rangers arms will have enough firepower for a victory on Wednesday.
The play: Rangers, -115.
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