Okay. Raise your hand if, after the Rangers took an 8-0 lead in the first two innings and A. J. Griffin gave back half of it the next two, you were sure they were going to blow the lead again?
After all, with disappointing starting pitching and abysmal relief pitching the story of the short season so far, the Rangers have proven no lead is safe.
They continued to get mediocre on the mound, but the bats scored enough runs to make that inconsequential.
If they can just score ten runs a game from here on out, they should end up right around .500.
All you can say is, thank goodness for pitchers with ERAs over 7.00. After facing the murderer’s row of starting pitching that the Cleveland Indians throw out on a nightly basis, the Rangers desperately needed to face a hittable pitcher.
Not having an inter-squad game scheduled, they had the next best thing: Raul Alcantara. He came into the game with a 7.25 ERA, and gave up eight earned runs in two innings of work.
Those eight runs were highlighted by Rougned Odor’s league-leading third home run, and Nomar Mazara’s six RBIs, giving him nine for the season, which leads the league. Nine RBIs is also a Rangers record for RBIs after four games.
Remember how the Rangers started the season? It seemed like just yesterday that they were winless.
Now they’ve totally turned around their season.
All they have to do now is figure out how to get that ERA down from 6.50.
Kendall Graveman (1-0, 3.00) vs. Yu Darvish (0-0, 5.68)
Game time: 7:05
How the Athletics hit against Darvish.
How the Rangers hit against Graveman.