Texas Rangers: Team Finishes Today’s Game With A Tie

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Sep 25, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Jared Hoying (31) dives for a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (not pictured) during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Jared Hoying (31) dives for a fly ball hit by Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (not pictured) during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers wrapped up their game today against the defending World Series Champions in a tie. Texas still sits at the bottom of the Cactus League Standings with a 2-7 record. Still plenty of Spring Training left so there’s no reason to panic just yet.

Offense had big impact, however, the high number of strikeouts continues to be a problem. Pitching was not bad, but the lack of striking out opposing batters is also a problem. For now, there’s still much work to be done. Offense needs to figure out a way to lower the amounts of strikeouts. Pitching needs to figure out a way to strike out more batters and to allow less hits and less runs. In other words, both sides of the ball need to improve.

Offense: Registered a total of 15 hits, scored nine runs, and were struck out ten times. Carlos Gomez, Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, and Jonathan Lucroy all went a combined 6-for-17. Rangers fans are beginning to worry because the starters are struggling. It can be scary when starters are struggling during Spring Training, but it happens. There’s still plenty of time for them to improve. Overall, the offense went 15-for-49. As I said before, the offense needs to pick up the pace and hit the ball more.

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Pitching: Allowed a total of 13 hits, surrendered nine runs, and struck out just five batters. Nick Martinez pitched 2.0 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out zero batters. Wesley Wright appeared for an inning, allowing two hits and surrendering one run, but he didn’t strike out any batters. Sam Dyson pitched one inning allowing no hits, surrendering no runs and striking out batter. Dyson earned a hold. Tony Barnette last just for just 0.1 of an inning, allowing three hits, surrendering four runs and failing to strike out a batter. Overall, a solid pitching performance, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. In any case, pitching needs to be at 100 percent by the time Opening Day arrives. Texas is in the process of building a very strong and talented rotation.

Tomorrow, the Rangers take on Seattle. Texas really needs to start winning and continue to win. It’s only Spring Training, but there’s never a time to not keep winning.

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