Playing less than 12 hours after their previous game concluded against the Chicago White Sox due to a long delay from tornados and hail, the Texas Rangers took the field again today.
It was more of what we are starting to get used to…An offense that is plain not living up to its potential. However, once again they are bailed out by a tremendous pitching performance, this time by CJ Wilson getting the win by a score of 2-1.
Wilson, who had a shutout going into the 7th inning, got into a little trouble and finished with a line of 1 earned run and 5 hits over 6 and 1/3. From there, the combination of Mark Lowe, Darren Oliver, and Neftali Feliz combined to give up 1 hit and take the game home fairly safely. The pitching continued to carry the team as it has for most of the season.
Ron Washington has repeatedly praised his bullpen and starters this season for keeping the Rangers afloat while the Rangers’ offense has struggled with both injuries and hitting consistently.
The return of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz last night looked like the offense was finally about to turn around. However, today it reverted back to the old. The Rangers managed 2 runs on only 3 hits and walked once. 5 batters managed to reach base the entire game.
If it wasn’t for a Gordon Beckham error in the 3rd and an Ian Kinsler infield single, the Rangers would not have come even close to scoring. Batters 2 through 7 combined to go a stellar 0-19 on the afternoon. I will be the first to admire a great pitching performance which is what Gavin Floyd for the White Sox had today, but it is not as if he tore up the hottest offense in baseball by any means.
With all four teams in the AL West playing good baseball currently, the Rangers will not begin to separate themselves until their offense produces like so many in baseball know that they can. The Rangers have struck out the fewest times in the Major Leagues, but they often struggled to drive the ball for extra-base hits.
I have no doubt in my mind the Josh Hamilton and Michael Young will continue to do what they do which is get on base and hit for a great average, but bats like Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, and Elvis Andrus really need to step up in order to create a formidable offense that plays off the great pitching staff that the Rangers boast night in and night out.
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Topics: American League West, Andrian Beltre, Chicago White Sox, CJ Wilson, Darren Oliver, Elvis Andrus, Gavin Floyd, Gordon Beckham, Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball, Mark Lowe, Michael Young, Neftali Feliz, Nelson Cruz, Rangers Bullpen, Rangers Offense, Rangers Vs. White Sox, Ron Washington, Texas Rangers, Texas Tornadoes