Takeaways from the Texas Rangers’ 17-run explosion vs. Mariners
By Jacob Cantu
Although it was sunny in Arizona, the Texas Rangers offense still managed to make it pour on the Seattle Mariners.
The bats unloaded at the plate as they homered six times to beat their Northwest rivals 17-5 in Peoria, AZ.
While today’s team effort was amazing overall, here are some of the players that stood out to me in the win.
Jason Martin Joins in on the home run party!
It would be a robbery if I didn’t mention OF Jason Martin’s performance as he went 3-3 with two homers and two RBIs today. So far, Martin has posted a .667 AVG with a 2.333 OPS in his six spring at-bats.
Martin still has an uphill battle if he wants a chance at a roster spot, but it was an exciting day for him nonetheless. With the struggles of Leody Taveras, Martin provides great depth if other outfielders maintain their poor play.
Nate Lowe receives high praise.
Lowe has struggled early in his first spring training with the Rangers, but he finally found his footing in this game with two hits and two RBIs. This game was huge for Lowe especially if he wants to stay in contention for starting first base come the regular season.
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Previously, Lowe had failed to convert a hit in eleven at bats. His counterpart, Ronald Guzman, has been on a tear recently, stealing the spotlight from the Rangers’ projected first base starter. If Lowe wants a shot at the 40-man roster, he needs to continue this type of play.
Texas Rangers Pitching: Have a day!
Aside from RHP Joe Gatto walking in a run and RHP Jimmy Herget, who struggled the most by allowing four runs in one inning, I thought the pitching was very impressive today. The Rangers rolled out seven pitchers in seven innings and six of those pitchers achieved at least one strikeout.
RHP Jharel Cotton set the tone in the first inning, but it was RHP Alex Speas who shined the most to me. Speas not only hit 100 mph on the radar, but he struck out two batters in his relief. While the run support was tremendous, we can’t forget to give credit to all those who took the mound.
Hey – if Texas continues this, they could host another World Series this year!
Okay, maybe I’m getting too ahead of myself, but today’s spectacular performance ties a Cactus League club run record!
The Texas Rangers will look to repeat this performance again as they take on the Oakland A’s Thursday in Surprise!