5 Important Takeaways from the Rangers' Opening Series Against the Cubs

3 game down, 159 to go. Lets overreact shall we?

Mar 30, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung (6) celebrates with
Mar 30, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung (6) celebrates with / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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#4: Jared Walsh Was an Underrated Signing Nobody is Talking About Enough

Not playing on Opening Day, Walsh got his Rangers career started with a bomb to right-center in his first at-bat of the season.

He ended up with four hits in two games on the weekend.

This is a guy that broke out in 2021 with an OPS of .850 in 2021 with 29 home runs for the Angels. With having the last couple of years plagued with some injuries, Walsh could bring yet another big bat in a DEEP lineup.

Walsh looked comfortable, took great swings and used the middle of the field really well.

For a lineup that only got better from last year with the obvious additions of Langford and a full season of Evan Carter. Jared Walsh could be a signing we look back at in August as the Mitch Garver for the 2024 team. Maybe better.

#5: Questions Still Cloud the Starting Rotation

Eovaldi was great on Opening Day, but other than that concerns regarding the starting rotation are still very real.

Cody Bradford did his job in game 2 and nothing more, throwing just 5 innings for 2 runs. But Gray was iffy on Sunday suffering 7 hits over just 3.2 innings. And that is where the questions lie.

The Rangers' ability to survive, hopefully thrive, in the months leading up to potential reinforcements in Max Scherzer and Tyler Mahle rides heavily on Jon Gray. And that was not the start I was looking for.

Maybe the Michael Lorenzen signing will help bring a fresh, talented arm sooner than expected. But the point is the question we had all spring training regarding this pitching staff is not going away any time soon. Not to mention how Scherzer will even look when he does come back and no, I do not think Jacob Degrom will pitch this season at all.

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