Rangers Win Their First Series in 2016

Rangers SP Derek Holland has 1-0 record with a 2.31 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in two stars this season. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Rangers SP Derek Holland has 1-0 record with a 2.31 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in two starts this season and looks set for a great season. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers have finally won their first series of the season. They’re still sitting in second place in the A.L. West with a 5-5 record. Yes, we expected the Rangers to start off a lot better than 5-5, but in the last three games, a lot of improvement has been shown.

Many probably will disagree with me, but I think the pitching is the main reason the Rangers won this series.

Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, and A.J. Griffin were the starting pitchers for the Rangers, and they allowed a combined eleven hits, and struck out 15 batters against the Seattle Mariners. Even better, they only surrendered a combined three runs.

I am really impressed with the bullpen’s performance in this series. They only allowed a total of eight hits, surrendered four runs, and struck out ten batters.

So far the pitching rotation and bullpen are doing great.

Now let’s talk about the offense……

As I said earlier, the pitching is the main reason the Rangers were victorious in this series. Don’t get me wrong, I give the offense a lot of credit. They finished this series registering a total of 32 hits, but were struck out a combined 29 times. Prince Fielder went 2-12 in this series, and he’s usually better than that. But, it’s only ten games and hitters are still trying to find their groove.

In the last seven games, the Ranger’s offense registered a total of 63 hits, and have been struck out a combined 60 times. The ability to register hits has improved tremendously since the season opening series when the Rangers only registered 15 hits. But strikeouts are still an issue. The Rangers need to find a way to decrease the amount of strikeouts. Homeruns is still an issue for the offense, as they’re sitting a total of only seven so far this season.

The Rangers are now headed back home to Arlington for a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that begins tonight. The Orioles are coming into this series with a 7-1 record, and are one of the top-five teams in the league. The Rangers really need to win this series.

Cole Hamels will be on the mound for the Rangers and he will be on a mission to improve to 3-0 on the season.