Texas Rangers: Team Falls Short Against Cleveland

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Mar 17, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) throws to the plate during a spring exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) throws to the plate during a spring exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers fell short in their game last night against the Cleveland Indians. Final score was 3-2. However, it was a bit of rough day for the Rangers in the Alamodome. Texas is now 7-13 and things are positive within the club for now. With Opening Day being about two weeks away, the Rangers can’t afford to allow the positives to become negatives.

Pitching had few bumps but overall their performance wasn’t bad. Offense did their best but did struggle. In other words, the Texas Rangers aren’t ready for the regular season.

Offense went 7-for-33 and struck out a total of 14 times. As of late, the high number of strike outs is what’s biting the offense. That’s the deepest hole that needs to filled. In any case, the offense needs to be ready. Opening Day is just around the corner and there’s not much time left. If Texas is to go for their third straight American League West Title, the offense needs to be awake and strong. The time to improve is now.

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Pitching allowed the Tribe to go 5-for-32 on offense. Job well done by the pitching corps. A.J. Griffin started, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out four batters. Not bad, but Griffin suffered his second loss and he’s 1-2 this Spring. Unfortunately, it’s not looking very good for him. Each run he allowed was on a sole homer. Consequently, the high amount of homers allowed is what Griffin struggled with the most last season.

Griffin was relieved Tyler Wagner. Wagner pitched 3.0 innings, allowing two hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out three batters. Wagner is improving dramatically. Although, his chance of making the roster is unclear, but there’s no doubt Rangers manager Jeff Banister is impressed with Wagner’s work. In this case, Wagner needs to keep up the good work. Jose Leclerc closed the game, allowing no hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out one batter.

On a positive note, the Rangers did manage to win their other game against the Los Angeles Angels. Today, the Rangers have another double header. Against Cleveland and Cincinnati. In any case, everybody needs to be ready. Everything must stay positive.

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