The Texas Rangers have been swept by the Seattle Mariners. Texas drops to 4-8 and they fall to the bottom of the American League West standings. Panic is rising rapidly among Texas Rangers fans. The team has to turn things around and they need to do it quick!
A very disappointing team performance. Offense was terrible in the first two games. Game one marked the first game for the Texas Rangers, where they failed to hit a home run. Starting pitching wasn’t bad at all. However, the offense and bullpen couldn’t find a way to finish the job. Regrettably, Texas has yet to win a game during which they’ve scored fewer than eight runs, according to Evan Grant. That just adds insult to injury. No doubt, there’s a lot of work to do. In any case, improvements need to begin immediately.
Martin Perez took the mound in game one. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering one run, and striking out four batters, earning a no decision. Remarkable performance by Perez. He seems to be improving every game. So far he has yet to allow more than six hits per game. He’s only surrendered four runs in his first three starts this season and his ERA is 2.20. So far so good for Perez. In any case, he needs to keep it up.
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Andrew Cashner took the mound in game two, making his debut in a Rangers debut. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering four runs, and striking out two batters. Overall, not bad by Cashner. Obviously, he has some improvements but regardless he’s doing okay so far. Rangers manager Jeff Banister liked what he saw from Cashner, according to MLB.com’s Doug Miller.
Cole Hamels pitched game three. He pitched 5.0 innings, allowing a season-high of six hits, surrendering four runs, and striking out a season-low of two batters, earning his third no-decision this season. Hamels’ first win this season remains to be seen. In any case, Hamels needs to keep his head up and stay focused.
Offense was an absolute mess. A combined 19-for-97 and struck out a total of 23 times. Failing to hit a home run in game one resulted in Texas’ first game this season without a homer. Going 2-for-28 in game two is an absolute embarrassment, especially due to the talent Texas has in their batting lineup. In game three, the offense was off to a terrific start when Texas took a 6-1 lead thanks to a three-run homer by Shin-Soo Choo and some must-needed hits by Lucroy and Shoo, who had his first double this season. Nomar blasted a homer at the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough, and Texas lost 8-7. Offense needs to wake up. However, they can’t do it all on their own. They need the help and support from pitching.
Bullpen suffered more mishaps. In games one and three, the bullpen showed inconsistency, allowing Seattle to come from behind and win. Sam Dyson had yet another nightmare in game three of the season, allowing three hits and surrendering two runs in just 0.1 innings of pitching. That must be it. Dyson is 0-3 and has three blown saves now. Matt Bush returned in game three and struck out three batters while allowing no hits and surrendering no runs in one inning. Jose Leclerc had a bit of mishap when he surrendered the game-winning run in game one. However, he struck out three batters and at least found a way to prevent Texas from falling farther behind. Leclerc may be on his way to taking Dyson’s job.
Tomorrow night, Texas begins a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland. A.J. Griffin is stepping on the mound for Texas. In any case, Texas needs to get back on the win column. The last thing they need is losing two series in a row. Winning this series can certainly bring momentum back.