Rangers Fans Pessimistic About Monday's Lineup vs. Diamondbacks

Rangers fans are feeling pessimistic about the team's lineup on Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Rangers fans are feeling pessimistic about the team's lineup on Monday against the Diamondbacks. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers are in a serious rut right now. The team's dropped each of its last four contests, which has only happened one other time (April 24-27) this entire season. Now Texas' lead over the Astros in the AL West is dwindling, and the Mariners have suddenly made a push for the division title as well.

It's safe to say fans aren't thrilled at the moment, and the reaction to Monday's lineup only further proves that point.

Commenters expressed concerns or even outright disgust at several players slated to start against Arizona on Monday. The outfield got the brunt of the criticism, with seveal tweeters calling out Robbie Grossman and Leody Taveras.

Meanwhile, third base remains a hot topic while Josh Jung is sidelined. Ezequiel Duran's recent play, which includes three errors alone on Sunday, has some Rangers followers feeling pessimistic about his inclusion in the lineup once again.

Duran does at least provide another offensive threat to help make up for Jung's absence. He's recorded 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 19 doubles this season, though he's driven in just one run over his last five contests. That lack of scoring production combined with errors in the field hasn't done him any favors lately.

The good news for Texas is the team should have a clear advantage on the mound Monday. Jordan Montgomery is set to start for the Rangers, while the D-Backs are countering with Slade Cecconi.

Montgomery's been on fire since coming over from St. Louis at the trade deadline. in his first three starts for Texas, the 30-year-old has gone 6.0 innings in each contest while allowing just five total runs. He's fooled opposing batters as well, racking up 20 strikeouts during this stretch.

Meanwhile, Cecconi is making just his third start and fourth appearance of 2023 for Arizona. He hasn't gone more than 4.2 innings in a game so far, and he's given up at least 2 earned runs in both starts.