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Rangers offense in early slumber

Apr 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

The 2010 Blue Jays probably won’t end up being known for their pitching or their defense (or their offense, for that matter), but the team came within a Jason Frasor blown save of sweeping the Rangers to open the season.
Three games in, the Rangers have just two guys hitting their weight. Vladimir Guerrero, who always tore up Texas pitching as a member of the Angels, has found his new uni very comfortable, as he’s opened up 7-for-11 with a homer. Nelson Cruz, who has hit fifth right behind Guerrero in the lineup, has two homers, two doubles and five RBI in his 10 at-bats.
And that’s pretty much it. No other Ranger has more than one hit this season. The group is a combined 5-for-74 with two RBI against Shaun Marcum, Brian Tallet, Ricky Romero and four members of the Toronto pen.
The usual first three hitters in the lineup are 1-for-30. Julio Borbon is 0-for-12. Michael Young is 1-for-10. Josh Hamilton, who didn’t start Thursday, is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts.
So what’s next? A home series against Seattle in which the Rangers will face Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez and Ian Snell. The depleted lineup missing Ian Kinsler and Jarrod Saltalamacchia better get something done Friday, as all Felix did last year was go 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three starts at Rangers ballpark.

  1. michael puig - Apr 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    So much for a winning record. All of 2 days. Stick a fork in them. Lots of promos coming up. cheap parking. That is good.

  2. Oellyme nsio - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    The Rangers have just two guys hitting their weight. Vladimir Guerrero, who always tore up Texas pitching as a member of the Angels, has found his new uni very comfortable, as he’s opened up 7-for-11 with a homer. Nelson Cruz, who has hit fifth right behind Guerrero in the lineup……..
    Force Factor

  3. Proudly Canadian - Apr 9, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    The Jay pitchers were terrific in 2008, but injuries took their toll last season. So far, the Jays pitching staff is beginning to look a lot like 2008 all over again. Even without Halladay, this is a talented pitching staff. They also have pitching depth stuck in Triple A.

  4. shrei - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Waiting for a home series against Seatle where Rangers going to face
    Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez and Ian Snell.
    beat maker

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