The Texas Rangers have once again lost. In a humiliating way. Texas drops to 1-4 after losing tonight 6-1 and are in last place in the American League West standings. The rough start to the 2017 season continues. The panic rate among Ranger fans is beginning to rise quickly.
Overall, a very sloppy team performance. Bats were not awake and pitching started well to just falling apart in the late innings. As I said earlier, the panic is beginning to quickly increase. The Texas Rangers obviously have a lot of work to do. First thing they need to do is find a way to keep winning streaks alive, but they need to find a way to get back on the win column first.
Yu Darvish stepped on the mound, looking to earn his first win of the season. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering one run, and striking out five batters. Not bad. No doubt, a better performance than on Opening Day. However, he was given the loss for tonight, thus starting out 0-1. He’s 4-10 against Oakland in his career. Unfortunately, the bullpen would go on to a rough night, as well. In the eight inning, the bullpen allowed Oakland to score three runs to make 5-1. Bullpen allowed a total of six hits, surrendered five runs, and striking out five batters. Additionally, they received no support from the offense.
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Offense finished 2-for-29 and struck out a total of eight times. Nomar Mazara entered this game being the league’s leading hitter, finishing 0-for-4. He struck out three times, which adds only rubs salt into the wound. Seven players in the lineup going hit-less is not only humiliating for the Texas Rangers, but it’s also unacceptable. Terrible offensive performance like that doesn’t lead to hard-fought wins. Instead, it leads to effort-less humiliating defeats. Humiliation is the last thing this ball club needs. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is off to a very slow start. After going 0-for-3 in this game, he’s 2-for-18 to start the season. At the moment, he’s very cold.
Game three of the series is tomorrow afternoon. Martin Perez is stepping on the mound. He’s already 0-1 and will be looking to earn his first this season.
Texas desperately needs to win game three. They’ll be off on Monday, but on Tuesday they’ll be in Anaheim for a three-game series against the Angels who are off to a good start and are in first place in the A.L. West.