FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Arlington, Texas—The Texas Rangers have announced that the coming out party to introduce their radically beefed up offense as the result of their trade deadline deals to acquire All-Star hitters Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy was delayed one day due to an unfortunate scheduling glitch caused by a Yu Darvish start.
As per an agreement with the Players Association, the Rangers offense takes every fifth day off, coinciding with each Yu Darvish start.
“It was simply unfortunate timing that out new offensive acquisitions showed up on a previously agreed upon Darvish Day Off,” explained Rangers manager Jeff Banister.
“In order to keep the bats fresh,” he explained, “we agreed to let the offense take a breather every fifth day. The season is long and, just as major league pitchers cannot be expected to throw more than seventy-five pitches a game, major league hitters cannot be expected to perform night in and night out.’
Giving them that fifth day off, Banister notes, does wonders for the offense the other four days.
The next mandated Darvish Day Off for the offense is scheduled for Sunday, August 7, in Houston.
Cole Hamels (12-2, 2.84) vs. Kevin Gausman (2-8 4.18)
Game time: 6:05 pm