The Texas Rangers are a team that did a lot this past offseason, so the expectations coming into this one are a bit different than they have been the last few years. Do they have expectations to win the World Series? Of course not. But, people do expect them to start making major improvements and taking those big leaps. In a way, this should be a wild card team.
A lot of those expectations come from the coaching additions they made as well as the defensive additions. They added Bruce Bochy, a former World Series-winning manager, and Jacob deGrom, the league's best pitcher when he is healthy.
But, surprisingly, it's been the offense during the first week of the new 2023 season.
deGrom's much-anticipated start as a Ranger was, not what we expected. They allowed seven runs in the first game, which isn't good. deGrom allowed six hits and five runs, including one home run. If there is a positive out of that, it's that he started out with some nasty stuff. His location was great to start, as he made some batters look silly. He ended with seven strikeouts in 3-2/3 of innings.
But, as we said earlier, it was the offense that is the talking point in not only the first game but the second game too.
Rangers have offensive explosion in the first two games
“After a tough start, a great way to finish it,” Bochy said after the Rangers scored nine runs in the fourth inning of game one.
They finished with 11 runs in game one and 16 in game two, which comes out at 27 total for their first two games of the season. The new look Texas Rangers almost made history.
According to the MLB Twitter page, 27 runs is the third most scored in the first two games of opening week ever. The most are 30, scored by the 1951 White Sox.
This Rangers offense is different, and I think we will only continue to see more explosions of runs scored, whether it be in one inning or multiple.