Texas Rangers Only Win One In Cleveland: 3 Takeaways
By Kenneth Nash
On the Texas Rangers most recent road series in Cleveland, they were only able to win one of three games dropping the first and final games.
The Rangers dropped another series losing the first and third games of a three game series against the Indians.
Here are our three takeaways.
We Found Out Martin Perez Is Indeed Broken
After a very poor start to the season, Rangers starter Martin Perez was sent to the DL with elbow pain on his right side. This of course is the elbow he had offseason surgery on after a falling of a fence back home in Venezuela. Obviously you never want players to be hurt but hopefully this elbow pain was the cause of his struggles to start the year. Perez was 2-3 in his first five starts with an ERA nearing 10.00. Texas will hope that Martin can get healthy and right and return to the form the Rangers know he has the potential to be.
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Jurickson Profar Is Getting The Opportunities He Needs
Once the number one prospect in all of baseball, Jurickson Profar never really reached the potential that everyone thought he had. Some of that is maybe overhype but a lot of it falls on the Rangers shoulders and the way he was developed. Profar was in the unlucky position of being behind stuck in a purgatory between minor league starter and major league backup. Never fully cracking the starting lineup, Profar didn’t see very much regular playing time and honestly hasn’t until now. With the injuries that have decimated this team’s infield, Profar is getting the opportunity to start regularly and its paying off. Despite a rough game three, Profar played very well against the Indians. He had two, two-hit performances which brought his average up to .250 going into Wednesday’s matchup. Hopefully with even more time, we will finally see what Profar is capable of in the league.
The Wait For Willie Calhoun Will Continue
Although this isn’t a series specific takeaway. Comments made by Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels point to the idea that Willie Calhoun may not be called up soon. Many thought Texas may call him up after May 3rd when the Rangers could maintain an extra year of control over the young prospect. However, Daniels said that the service time date isn’t a factor in their decision and Calhoun is not really where Texas wants him as a defender.
Let us know what you took away from this series in the comments below.