Texas Rangers: 2 quick takeaways from the series loss to San Francisco

David Esser
May 11, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) applies the tag to San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Tauchman (29) as he attempts to steal second base during the second inning at Oracle Park. After an initial safe call, Tauchman was ruled out after a video review. Umpire is Tom Hallion. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
May 11, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) applies the tag to San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Tauchman (29) as he attempts to steal second base during the second inning at Oracle Park. After an initial safe call, Tauchman was ruled out after a video review. Umpire is Tom Hallion. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 10, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Charlie Culberson (2) hits a RBI single during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

Hitting with runners in scoring position was an issue.

For the most part, the Rangers’ pitching staff held their own against the Giants on Monday and Tuesday. They only allowed a combined total of seven runs to score, with it primarily coming in spurts.

The offense, on the other hand, had some issues.

The Rangers offense combined to go 1-12 with runners in scoring position over the two losses, leaving a total of 12 runners on base as well. It was a rather frustrating development considering just how good the bats looked against Seattle, a development that cost them a chance at a series split.

For what it’s worth, the Giants pitching staff has been one of the better ones in baseball. Starters Alex Wood and Logan Webb both put in productive outings, and the team’s bullpen has a rather unique mix of arms that has been able to keep opposing hitters off balance all season long.

As things currently stand, the Giants actually have the fifth best team ERA in baseball, so it’s not the end of the world that the Rangers weren’t able to generate a ton of offense this past series.

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With the said, leaving 12 runners on base and going 1-12 with RISP isn’t something that should just be ignored. With tough opponents in the Astros and the Yankees up next in the schedule, the Rangers offense is going to have to do a better job of capitalizing on their opportunities.

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