The Texas Rangers’ day didn’t go so well today. They lost both their games. They’re now 1-3 this Spring Training. However, it’s still very early, but at least the coaching staff know where there’s room for improvement.
Let’s break down each game…..
Vs Cleveland: Texas lost 3-2. Nomar Mazara was the only starter who played in this game. In two plate appearances, he went 1-for-2 and blasted a two-run homer that gave Texas a 2-0 lead. Travis Snider played in this game, finishing 1-for-2 in two plate appearances. First baseman James Loney finished 2-for-3. If Loney can continue to play well, there’s no doubt he’ll make the Opening Day Roster.
Pitching allowed a total of nine hits and struck out six batters. Chi-Chi Gonzalez started this game, appearing in two innings, allowing one hits, surrendering no runs and striking out two. The rest of the pitching squad did a good job at earning holds. Tyler Wagner, who surrendered two runs was given the loss. Overall, a very solid performance by the team. The amount of hits allowed was high, but it’s just one game, so it’s nothing to worry about for now. As I said earlier, this performance shows where improvement is needed. Obviously, there’s work to do.
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Vs Milwaukee: Texas lost 5-0. Not a very good performance by the team. Offense registered just three hits and were struck out 12 times. Carlos Gomez, Shin-Soo Choo, Rougned Odor, and Mike Napoli each made two plate appearances. They each struck out at least once, and only two hits were registered. Offense didn’t do hot in this game.
Pitching allowed a total of 11 hits and striking out seven batters. A good performance, however they didn’t have any support from the offense. Consequently, the lack of teamwork led to this loss.
Tomorrow, Texas has a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now, it’s only the beginning of Spring Training, but they need to show improvement immediately. In any case, they need to work on what needs to be fixed so they can be ready.
There’s still an entire month of March of Spring Training, but it’s never too early to play very good baseball.