The Rangers can’t have anything nice, or so it seems. The Rangers top off-season acquisition, Corey Kluber made his debut and it didn’t go as we would have hoped. He only pitched one inning due to tightness in the back of his right shoulder. Not good news for the Rangers. Hopefully, it won’t be a major issue and he will only miss a start or two but in this shortened season, it’s a big deal. Is it too early for Rangers fans to panic? It is too early but I’ve got my finger hovering over the panic button ready to give it a push with another series or two like this.
The Rockies came to Arlington and took care of business taking two games of the three game series.
In game one, the Rangers pitching staff shut out the Rockies on their way to a 1-0 win. They also set a new record on Opening Day with 14 strikeouts. The Rangers lone run came after Odor hit a double scoring Danny Santana.
Speaking of Danny Santana, he is hitting .077 and I wonder how much more room he will be given before Leody Taveras is put out there.
They’ve already started Taveras‘ service time so they might as well play him.
In game two the Rangers lost 3-2 and the line-up missed some opportunities to win this game. Mathis hit a triple and is batting 1.000 on the season which goes to show that anything can happen.
Then of course, game three. Kluber exits early with his injury and we wait to hear results of further testing. The bullpen pitched eight innings and allowed five runs on seven hits, four walks and struck out seven.
Some good news is Joey Gallo hit his first home run of the year. He clobbered a ball off of Rockies starter, Kyle Freeland.
The Rangers get back to business on Tuesday with a quick two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Right handed pitcher, Kyle Gibson will face off against fellow right hander Merrill Kelly for the Diamondbacks.