Left-hander Cody Bradford tries to redeem himself as he fills one out RangersMost consistent arms when Texas faces the host Baltimore Orioles on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series
Bradford (0-1, 10.80 ERA) is not expected to be the starter on Sunday, but the Rangers Right-hander Dane Dunning was placed on the paternity list Saturday afternoon, calling up the 25-year-old from Triple-A Round Rock.
Dunning hit his stride in May, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Bradford will look to fill that void as he hits the rubber in his second career major league start.
Bradford will look to improve on his debut, when he gave up six hits on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings against the Atlanta Braves on May 15. He had a lot of success in Round Rock, where he is now. 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA in eight starts this season.
“It’s tough to debut against this ball team,” Texas manager Bruce Bochy said after Bradford’s start against Atlanta. “But he battled, he gave us five innings. It’s always good to get a first start. He’ll learn from this.”
Orioles Starter Kyle Bradish (2-1, 4.34) will also look for redemption on Sunday. Although he made significant strides after a 2022 campaign in which he posted a 4.90 ERA in 23 starts, Bradish struggled against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving up four runs on seven hits in five innings.
“He obviously didn’t have much command,” Bradish said. “I didn’t throw the slider for strikes. But I got through five (innings) and kept us in the ball game. Tough loss because we jumped out to an early lead. It was definitely a grind.”
Despite the recent layoff, Bradish has been strong this season, allowing three runs or fewer in six of his eight starts.
This means that we are going against “a dangerous attacking team”. Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde described Texas as a challenge for Bradish
“They have some good veteran players,” Hyde said. “(We’ve seen a lot of Corey Seager (in Los Angeles) and we’ve seen a lot of (Marcus) Semien. I like some of their young players, too. It’s a good starting staff and they score a lot of runs. .”
Texas is averaging 6.41 runs per game, the most in the major leagues, and the Rangers In Friday’s 12-2 win over Baltimore, they had a complete offense. Texas followed that performance with a 5-3 win on Saturday to improve to 33-18, the best start in franchise history through 51 games.
“It’s great,” Bochy told Bally Sports Southwest. “It’s a start, though. You have to tell yourself that. We’ve got a lot of baseball (in left). These guys are playing so well right now.”
On Sunday, however, Baltimore will do its best to try to cool the Rangers down and get back on the field as they continue their nine-game road trip
“For sure, we played better games than the last two,” Hyde said. “But these things are going to happen. … We’ve got to play a little bit better.”
— Field Level Media