Writer: Aaron Hendon
Rangers Underwhelm in Opening Week, But What Did You Expect?
April 9, 2018. Record (4-7)
After 11 games and 3 full series the Texas Rangers baseball season is not off to the best start splitting 2 of 4 in Oakland, then later dropping 2 of 3 in Arlington when the Blue Jays came to town. There was good and there was much more bad. Many may be frustrated with lineups, poor starting pitching, the abundance of strikeouts, or the lack of timely hitting with runners in scoring position.
MVP: Elvis Andrus
Same guy as before after the opening weekend, he’s the best player the Rangers have. He leads the league in hits, 5th in the AL in avg (.372), while also leading the Rangers in OBP.
The new look Angels from out west will be in Arlington the next few days, as the Rangers play host for the 3rd time this year, Garrett Richards will take the ball for the bad guys. He’s been ok on the young campaign, failing to get out of the 6th inning in his only two starts this year, albeit logging 13 k’s in 10.2 innings. Coming off yet another injury plagued season, this will be Richards’ 18th start against the Rangers, he’s 9-4 with a 3.15 ERA. The Rangers have hit Richards fairly well batting .257 in those stars.
Can The Pitching Keep the Angels at Bay?
Early in the year, The Angles are the best offense in the AL plating 60 runs in 10 games. Mixed with a Rangers pitching staff that is dead last in the AL, in terms of opponent batting average, that does not match-up well for the good guys. Arguably the most consistent starter on the staff, Doug Fister will be on the bump for game 1 of the series, looking to stop the new sticks of Zack Cozart, Justin Upton, and Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani. Not to mention the best player in the world and Ranger killer, Mike Trout.
Coming in at 7th in the AL scoring about 3.5 runs per game, the Rangers so far seem to be similar to last season. In the Rangers 11 games they have failed to score more than 6 runs in a single game. The majority of those runs have come via the long ball. With an incredible amount of untimely hitting struggling to plate runners that are in scoring position. While the offense continues to strikeout a ton, the team has put themselves in good opportunities to cash in to take leads or add insurance runs.
While the Angels seem to be the frontrunner to finish behind the defending championship Astros the Rangers are most definitely a team that can make some noise and play spoiler throughout the year at the least. There is a ton to look forward to in the 2018 season, while Ranger nation may panic or watch what they expected. Remember. It’s only April.