Texas Rangers: Team Is 0-3 For The First Time In Ten Years

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Apr 5, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Yandy Diaz (36) scores a run in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Yandy Diaz (36) scores a run in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers are not off to a good start this season. They’re 0-3. This is the first in ten years, they’ve started out a season on a three-game losing streak. Last time Texas started a season 0-3, they finished 75-87. The Team has a lot of improving to do. They need to figure out the issues quick. Pitching is obviously the biggest problem.

Overall, a terrible team performance. Just like Opening Day, a good start that ends in a heart-breaker. In each game of this series, Texas had golden opportunities to win, but they could not capitalize. In games one and three, Texas seemed to be in control then all of a sudden, the momentum stops and disappears. Truth be told, the Texas Rangers could be and probably should be 3-0.

Cole Hamels stepped on the mound in this game. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering four runs, and striking out four batters. He received a no-decision. Relievers Tony Barnette and Matt Bush each pitched 1.0 inning, allowing a combined one hit, surrendering no runs, and striking out three batters. Sam Dyson entered the game in the bottom of ninth with Texas leading 6-4 hoping to close the game and give Texas their first win. However, he allowed three hits, surrendered five runs, including a grand slam, giving Cleveland a 9-6 lead. Furthermore, Dyson is now 0-2. The bullpen blew two games already this season. Not good at all. For the most part, the bullpen is the biggest problem within the pitching.

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Offense finished 7-for-31 and struck out a total of 12 times. Seven players finished this game going hit-less, including Carlos Gomez, Mike Napoli, and Joey Gallo. Nomar Mazara blasted a two-run homer in the first, but Cleveland soon responded. Mazara was this game’s best player in the lineup, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. However, his sole power wasn’t enough.

Additionally, it was good to see some homers blasted by Texas in this series, but it’s a shame Texas couldn’t get the job done at the end. Furthermore, the offense needs to wake up and be more explosive in the future.

Texas returns to the field against Oakland tomorrow. A.J. Griffin steps on the mound. WIth Texas already 0-3 there’s a lot of pressure on Griffin. Nonetheless, he needs to find a way to put Texas on the win column.

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Oakland always gives Texas a run for their money. Especially when they’re in Arlington. Three games down and 159 to go. It’s time for Texas to step it up and start a series-winning streak.

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