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Rangers off to a hot start
The 2013 MLB season is finally under way and we've got Texas Rangers baseball all season long every Friday night.
We're just barely into the season but so far the Rangers are off to hot start and the offensive drop-off that was expected to come with the loss of Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hasn't been an issue. Ian Kinsler has stepped up in a big way in this earl season with three home runs and eight RBI. Kinsler's early power has come at a cost though, his extra base hits have dropped off and he is yet to record a double or a stolen base.
John Daniels and company appear to have finally found their catcher in A.J. Pierzynski who is second on the team in batting average at .367. His presence has also done wonders on the rotation as we saw in the season opening series against the Astros. Granted it was against one of the weakest lineups in the league, but whenever you set a record for most strikeouts in a three game series with 43 you've got to thank the catcher.
But the biggest boon so far for the Rangers has been Lance Berkman. Who knew the player formerly known as "Fat Elvis" still had this much left. The switch-hitting 37-year-old is batting a team high .448 with seven RBI and a .556 on base percentage whil alternating between first base and DH.
Defensively you couldn't ask for much more from Yu Darvish (2-0) who came within one out of a perfect game in his first start of the season (against the Astros).His second start was a little dicier as he left the game after five innings with a blister but he should be good to go tonight against Seattle. Opening day starter Matt Harrison (0-2) has been a little shakey though in his two starts. His ERA is the rotation's highest at 8.44 but that can be attributed to his strained lower back which has landed him on the 15-day DL.
The rotation's lowest ERA however, has come from converted reliever Alexi Ogando. Ogando has allowed just one earned run in his two starts for an ERA of .77. Of course we're dealing with an extremely small sample size but any talk of a drop-off from last season was certainly premature.