How does it go quickly from bad to worse?
On the heels of striking out 11 times against a pedestrian pitcher, the Rangers Wednesday night will be face Felix Hernandez. And, oh yeah, they’ll do it without the .304-hitting bat of Mitch Moreland.
While the Rangers will miss Moreland for three weeks while waiting for Josh Hamilton, it’s pretty simple: They don’t hit; They won’t win.
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Mariners’ starter J.A. Happ entered Tuesday night’s game in Arlington with nine strikeouts in 20.2 innings, then promptly struck out nine Rangers in 6.2 innings en route to a 2-1 Seattle win.
“We’ve got to be able to string hits together,” Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister said in his post-game media conference. “The message stays the same. We go up to the plate looking for a pitch to drive. The ability to put innings together, that's when you put big numbers together.”
As the opening month of the season comes to a close, none of us should be surprised. The Rangers, decimated by injuries in spring training, are 7-13 with five series losses and two splits. They’re just not that good.
Especially when they don’t hit. And against Hernandez Wednesday doesn’t seem like a good night to break out of an offensive slump. King Felix is 3-0 this season and has allowed only five earned runs in 28 innings.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.