Takeaways from the Texas Rangers Opening Weekend

TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 13: Joey Gallo #13 (C) and Nomar Mazara #30 (R) of the Texas Rangers of the Texas Rangers gesture to the camera during the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 13: Joey Gallo #13 (C) and Nomar Mazara #30 (R) of the Texas Rangers of the Texas Rangers gesture to the camera during the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 01: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers celebrates hitting a hits a solo home run with Nomar Mazara #30 against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 1, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/GettyImages)
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 01: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers celebrates hitting a hits a solo home run with Nomar Mazara #30 against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 1, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/GettyImages) /

How ‘Bout this Offense?

This offense has been mashing! Through 3 games, they have scored 23 runs, and it’s looking like the young offensive guys may force management to speed up the rebuild, and get some pitching. The offense is going to be able to compete against anybody, it’s just a matter of if the pitching staff can keep the games close.

The Young Guys

It’s really nice to see everyone contributing this early in the season. Of the Rangers young, offensive core group of players, only 2 are currently hitting below .250-Guzman and Deshields, both of whom have come up with huge clutch hits over the past two games that make you forget about their averages, as they are helping to contribute to big wins.

Joey Gallo has provided some big-time clutch hits. We all know about his bomb from Saturday that propelled the Rangers to their first win of the season. But he also ripped a double to left that set him up to be the eventual winning run today.

Not only has Gallo had some big contributions, but Nomar Mazara has joined him as well. Mazara hit the team’s longest home run of the season late in the 9th on Thursday, then he walked 4 times on Saturday, before driving in two with a clutch triple on Sunday.

ARLINGTON, TX – MARCH 31: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor #12 dump the coolers of water on Asdrubal Cabrera #14 celebrating the win against the Chicago Cubs at Globe Life Park in Arlington on March 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – MARCH 31: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers and Rougned Odor #12 dump the coolers of water on Asdrubal Cabrera #14 celebrating the win against the Chicago Cubs at Globe Life Park in Arlington on March 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /

The Old Guys

It’s crazy to call Elvis Andrus old, but considering most of the offensive players are under 26, he kinda is. Elvis has been a great offensive catalyst thus far and has hit to the tune of .462 through 3 games this season, as he seems more than ready to bounce back from his career-worst 2018 campaign.

Asdrubal Cabrera is looking like the Rangers steal of the offseason. Through 3 games, he is hitting .455 with 2 huge home runs that both contributed big time to Rangers wins. It is a bit different to see someone besides #29 at 3rd for the Rangers, but Cabrera is doing his best to ease the pain of not seeing Beltre man the hot corner.

Hunter Pence has also been doing a great job in his two starts so far, with a .429 batting average, and he scored 2 big runs in the win on Sunday.

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