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Texas Rangers Place Pitcher Ian Kennedy on Injured List with Hamstring Strain


Texas Rangers Place Pitcher Ian Kennedy on Injured List with Hamstring Strain

On Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 the Texas Rangers have decided to place their right – handed veteran relief pitcher as well as their closer, Ian Kennedy, on the 10 – day injured list. Kennedy’s condition that landed him on the MLB 10 – day IL was listed as a mild left hamstring strain.

The injury to Kennedy’s left hamstring became known to the public when the Texas Rangers’ manager, Chris Woodward, did not put Ian in the 8th inning of the game that the Texas Rangers were winning at the moment on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021. Following the conclusion of that game Woodward cited that Kennedy was not available to pitch that night due to a hamstring issue that has been bothering Ian over the course of the last few days.

Ian’s last pitching appearance in a Major League Baseball game was on last Friday, June 9th, 2021 during a night match – up against the red – hot Tampa Bay Rays, and Kennedy eventually picked up his 12th save of the 2021 MLB season. This was the first save opportunity Ian had been granted over the last two weeks of big – league baseball.

Replacing Ian Kennedy

The Texas Rangers decided to call up Spencer Patton in order to fill the vacancy Kennedy left when he was placed on the 10 – day injured list this week. The right – handed pitcher relief pitcher, Patton, was summoned from the Texas Rangers’ Triple – A affiliate in the Round Rock Express. Spencer was able to join his team in the big – leagues just prior to the Texas Rangers battle against the San Francisco Giants today from Globe Life Field located in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers ended up defeating the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 with a final score of 4 to 3 in that 11th inning ball game.

The 2021 MLB Season for the Texas Rangers’ Veteran Closer

Throughout the beginning of the 2021 Major League Baseball season Kennedy is carrying an earned run average of 2.53 over the course of Ian’s 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Texas Rangers. Kennedy has recorded 12 saves out his 13 save opportunities. Overall, Ian is having a solid season so far, and he is one of the very few bright spots for the currently struggling Texas Rangers MLB franchise.

The Texas Rangers are already in steep trouble as they are currently sitting on in last place in the mildly competitive American League West division of Major League Baseball, and not only are the Texas Rangers in last they are also 13 games behind the AL West leading Oakland Athletics. Although the 2021 MLB season is still fairly young as most big – league franchises have approximately 100 regular season games yet to play, it may be obvious to most around professional baseball that the Texas Rangers have a slim to none chance of competing to make the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason this October.

Current MLB Standings (as of Wednesday, June 9th, 2021)

American League East

Tampa Bay Rays 39 – 23 0 Games Behind

Boston Red Sox 37 – 24 1.5 Games Behind

New York Yankees 32 – 29 6.5 Games Behind

Toronto Blue Jays 30 – 28 7 Games Behind

Baltimore Orioles 22 – 38 16 Games Behind

American League Central

Chicago White Sox 37 – 23 0 Games Behind

Cleveland Indians 32 – 26 4 Games Behind

Kansas City Royals 29 – 30 7.5 Games Behind

Detroit Tigers 25 – 35 12 Games Behind

Minnesota Twins 24 – 36 13 Games Behind

American League West

Oakland Athletics 37 – 26 0 Games Behind

Houston Astros 34 – 26 1.5 Games Behind

Seattle Mariners 30 – 32 6.5 Games Behind

Los Angeles Angels 29 – 32 7 Games Behind

Texas Rangers 24 – 39 13 Games Behind

National League East

New York Mets 29 – 24 0 Games Behind

Atlanta Braves 29 – 29 2.5 Games Behind

Philadelphia Phillies 28 – 31 4 Games Behind

Miami Marlins 26 – 34 6.5 Games Behind

Washington Nationals 24 – 33 7 Games Behind

National League Central

Milwaukee Brewers 34 – 26 0 Games Behind

Chicago Cubs 35 – 27 0 Games Behind

St. Louis Cardinals 31 – 30 3.5 Games Behind

Cincinnati Reds 28 – 30 5 Games Behind

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 – 36 10.5 Games Behind

National League West

San Francisco Giants 38 – 23 0 Games Behind

Los Angeles Dodgers 35 – 25 2.5 Games Behind

San Diego Padres 37 – 27 2.5 Games Behind

Colorado Rockies 24 – 37 14 Games Behind

Arizona Diamondbacks 20 – 43 19 Games Behind

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Bovada sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Wednesday, June 9th, 2021. Currently the Texas Rangers have the 4th lowest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs.

Team                                                   Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers                           +325
San Diego Padres                                +750
Chicago White Sox                              +850
New York Mets                                   +1000
New York Yankees                              +1100
Houston Astros                                   +1400
Tampa Bay Rays                                +1500
Boston Red Sox                                  +1500
Oakland Athletics                               +2000
Atlanta Braves                                    +2400
Toronto Blue Jays                               +2500
Milwaukee Brewers                            +2500
San Francisco Giants                          +2800
St. Louis Cardinals                              +3500
Cleveland Indians                               +4500
Chicago Cubs                                     +4500
Los Angeles Angels                             +6000
Cincinnati Reds                                   +6600
Philadelphia Phillies                            +7000
Seattle Mariners                                  +7500
Minnesota Twins                                 +8000
Kansas City Royals                            +10000
Washington Nationals                        +12500
Miami Marlins                                    +15000
Pittsburgh Pirates                               +60000
Detroit Tigers                                      +60000
Texas Rangers                                   +75000
Colorado Rockies                              +100000
Baltimore Orioles                               +100000
Arizona Diamondbacks                      +150000



“Texas Rangers closer Ian Kennedy put on IL with mild hamstring strain”, espn.com, June 9, 2021.

“Ian Kennedy”, baseball-reference.com, June 9, 2021.

“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, June 9, 2021.

“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, bovada.lv, June 9, 2021.