The Texas Rangers have lost their third consecutive game. They’re now 2-9 and still at the bottom of the Cactus League Standings. However, Texas showed some improvement in this game. Opening Day is about 26 days away. There’s no time to waste. They need to play better baseball.
Overall, the Texas Rangers played okay. Offense still struggled, but pitching played much better than yesterday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.
Offense had another rough day, unfortunately. 5-for-32 is very painful and embarrassing. Carlos Gomez, Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli, and Nomar Mazara went a combined 2-for-14. Fans are beginning to panic due to starters struggling. Napoli did manage to blast a homer, but overall, the starters didn’t impress. Offense struck out a total of ten times, which adds insult to injury. Still plenty of Spring Training left, but Opening Day is closing in, so the time to improve is now.
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Pitching was very good. Yu Darvish pitched 3.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out three batters. A bit of a shaky performance by Darvish, but at the moment, he’s working on regaining his form. For the most part, he’s healthy. Tanner Scheppers and Keone Kela each pitched 1.0. Scheppers allowed one hit, surrendered no runs and struck out two and Kela allowed no hits, no runs, and he struck out two batters, as well. Great performances by these two. Pitching needs to keep performing like this. Pitching has been a major problem for Texas for years.
On Thursday, Texas will take on the Venezuelan National Team. Texas really needs to get on the win column. Opening Day is coming, so the negativity needs to be gone.
ESPN reported today that Darvish announced that he’s no longer feeling any pain in his elbow. No doubt, some good news. Darvish is in the final year of his contract, so if Darvish was to stay healthy all season and play well, there’s no doubt Texas would want to re-sign him.