Choo was the guy but he’s more fragile than a Hollywood ego.
Profar wasn’t the guy.
Desmond is better batting second.
Odor wasn’t right for the job.
Mazara wasn’t doing the job.
The team without a leadoff hitter may have just found one in Carlos Gomez. Finally.
Maybe it was a fluke, a one-night stand. Or maybe he does, indeed, end up being the guy. But when you hit two home runs in your audition, you will get a call back.
He came to the Rangers with a .210 batting average, a boatload of strikeouts, and an on-base percentage of .272. In fifteen games as a Ranger before yesterday, his average is about the same, .213. His on-base percentage, however, is a respectable .327.
So maybe Carlos Gomez surprised everyone and won the leadoff role last night.
That would be huge.
Now all the Rangers need to do is find a bullpen.
Colby Lewis (6-1, 3.21) vs. Jered Weaver (10-11, 5.37)
Game time: 2:35