The Rangers have depth.
With Joey Gallo gone, they are 16-10. When Elvis Andrus went out for nine games, they were 8-1. It doesn’t matter who is in or who is out, the Rangers have enough offense. That’s what makes this team so fun to watch.
Yesterday it was Danny Santana, whose name sounds like the perfect TV detective.
With Joey Gallo and Hunter Pence on the IL, and with Nomar Mazara too banged up to play, Santana got his second start this year in right.
In the fourth inning he hit a two-run homer.
In the sixth he scored from second on a wild pitch. From second.
After the game, he rescued a cat from a tree and helped an old lady cross the street. There’s nothing Santana can’t do.
The great thing about Santana this year is his versatility. He started in centerfield on Saturday, at shortstop Sunday, in right Monday.
After the game, Rangers manager Chris Woodward summed it up best: “It’s pretty remarkable to see what we have done,” Woodward said. “When we are down one of the top-five hitters in baseball in Joey, Hunter Pence, one of the better hitters in baseball down, still don’t miss a beat. It shows we have tremendous depth. Maz down, we put Danny in right and he ends up winning the game for us. They just keep coming in, we have significant depth on the position player side, without a doubt. Arguably the best in baseball.”
Not just depth. Deep depth.
Zach Plesac (1-2, 2.92) vs. Adrian Sampson (5-3, 4.21)
Game time: 7:05