The Texas Rangers‘ offense has seen its share of struggles this season, especially lately. The team’s batting average for the season is .260, but there are times when they struggle to get runs across the board. On Tuesday, they went 2-11 with runners in scoring position against the Seattle Mariners.
A weekend series with the Houston Astros might be just what the doctor ordered to help fix the Rangers’ woes. The Astros as a team come into Arlington with a 4.79 ERA. Take that with the fact that Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is one of the friendliest hitters’ park in MLB, and you have a situation that could be disaster for Houston.
Coming into the series, Texas has struggled with scoring runs in the first inning this season. Before the series opener, the Rangers had only scored one first-inning run in the previous 25 games, and had been outscored 40-19 in the first inning during that stretch. That changed on Friday night as the Rangers scored two runs off of a David Murphy home run. It was only the fourth time all season that the Rangers have scored more than one run in the first inning.
Murphy’s home run wasn’t the only long ball of the night as Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam and Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer, propelling the Rangers’ to a 10-5 win. The win sets the tone for the weekend and hopefully gets the Rangers back to winning series. Before the series loss against the Mariners, the Rangers had won four in a row.
Hopefully Texas will be able to keep the runs coming in game two as they send ace pitcher Yu Darvish to the mound. in the second game of the season, Darvish came one out away from pitching a perfect game against the Astros. We will see how perfect Darvish is on Saturday night, but if the bats show up like they did Friday, Yu won’t have to be perfect for the Rangers to get the win.