Rangers Lose Series in Toronto

Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland imploded in Game 4 against the Blue Jays. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland imploded in Game 4 against the Blue Jays.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers lost three games out of four in Toronto versus the Blue Jays. They’re now sitting in second place in the A.L. West and are 2.5 games behind the first-place Seattle Mariners. They managed to win game the series opener, but then dropped three straight.

Here’s How They Performed
Offense: I have to admit the offense was terrible registering a total of 30 hits, scoring only eight runs, all the while being struck out a total of 30 times. Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre went 6-for-31 in this series. In fact, the offense was 30-for-137 overall in this series, which means they only registered hits 22 percent of the time they were on base. That is not good at all. The Rangers have a lot of holes to fill on offense.

Starting rotation: Started off well and ended poorly. Allowed a total of 24 hits, surrendered fifteen runs, and struck out twenty batters. In the first three games, the starting rotation was good, but game four didn’t go very well. Derek Holland was on the mound for Game 4, and in just 2.2 innings, he allowed eleven hits, surrendered eleven runs, and didn’t strike out any batters. Derek  just had a bad day, and that happens in baseball. The key, of course, is NEVER EVER QUIT.

Bullpen: Not very good either. Allowed a total of 15 hits, surrendered five runs, and struck out nine batters. In Game 1, the bullpen was able to seal a 2-1 win for the Rangers, but in Games 2 and 3 the bullpen collapsed at the very end, and in Game 4 they only surrendered one other run after Holland surrendered eleven. The bullpen is still solid, but they have some improvements to make.

Looks to me like the Rangers can’t handle playing against the Blue Jays. Well, they better fix that because they can’t let this series get into their heads.

The Rangers are now headed to the Motor City for a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Rangers to square in a duel against Jordan Zimmerman, who is 5-0 so far this season. The Rangers need to get back on the win column, especially the series-winning column.

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