Left-hander Cody Bradford will seek redemption when he fills in one of the Rangers‘ Weapon Consistency As Texas Faces Landlords Baltimore British Yellowbird on Sunday in the final of a three-game series
Bradford (0-1, 10.80 ERA) is not expected to start on Sunday, but Rangers put right-hander Dane Dunning on the paternity list on Saturday afternoon and called the 25-year-old from Triple-A Round Rock
Dunning had a successful start in May, going 2-0 with an ERA of 1.59. Bradford will be looking to fill that void when he touches the ball in the second game of his career starting the major league.
Bradford is looking to improve on his debut, as he dropped six runs with seven hits with two walks and three strikes in five innings against the Atlanta Braves on May 15. enjoyed much success in Round Rock, where he is 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA in eight starts this season.
“It’s been tough making your debut against this ball club,” Texas coach Bruce Bochy said after Bradford threw the ball into the Atlanta net. “But he fought, gave us five innings. Starting the first game is always good. He will learn from this.”
oriole starter Kyle Bradish (2-1, 4.34) will also be looking for redemption on Sunday. Although he has made significant strides after a 2022 campaign that saw him post a 4.90 ERA in 23 starts, Bradish struggled against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Three, give up four times with seven hits in five rounds.
“Clearly not having great commanding abilities,” Bradish said. “Didn’t throw my slider to attack. But I got through five (innings) and kept us on the ball. It was a tough loss because we took the lead early on. That must be it. It’s definitely a tough game.”
Despite that recent blunder, Bradish has been strong this season, allowing for three runs or less in six of his eight starts.
That said, against “a dangerous offensive team”, like oriole Manager Brandon Hyde describes Texas, which could present a challenge for Bradish
“They have some good veteran players,” Hyde said. “(We) saw Corey Seager a lot in (Los Angeles) and we saw (Marcus) Semien a lot. I also liked some of their young players. It was a good starting pitcher and They scored a lot of points.”
Texas averages 6.41 runs per game, the most in major leagues and Rangers fully showed their offense in Friday’s 12-2 win over Baltimore. Texas followed up that performance with a 5-3 win on Saturday to improve to 33-18, their best start across 51 games in franchise history.
“It’s great,” Bochy told Bally Sports Southwest. “However, it’s a start. You have to tell yourself that. We have a lot of baseball games (left). These guys are playing really well right now.”
By next Sunday, however, Baltimore will be doing everything it can to try to cool it down Rangers off and back on track as it continues its nine-game journey
“We definitely played better games than the last two,” Hyde said. “But these things will happen. …We have to play a little better.”