Cactus League: The Rangers Are 3-0

The Rangers were able to win another Cactus League game today against the Giants by a score of 7-5. Some thoughts:

  • Cole Hamels was the starting pitcher for Texas, and gave up a home run. While he wasn't sharp, with a guy like Cole Hamels, you don't typically worry about the quality of his Spring Training reps, but merely getting to the season healthy.
  • Nomar Mazara continued his Spring Training hit streak, driving in a run.
  • Lewis Brinson and Jurickson Profar also joined in on the action, each with a hit and a walk.
  • Mazara, Brinson, and Profar currently each currently sports OPS figures of 1.667, .900, and 1.167. Especially with Profar, it's nice to see some small measure of success at the plate, even if it is only Spring Training. That he's even playing in baseball games feels like something of a minor miracle after two lost seasons. For Mazara and Brinson, it's fun to see what the future of the outfield looks like, even if neither player has a realistic shot at making the club out of Spring Training.
  • Joey Gallo, on the other hand, still isn't in any kind of groove at the plate. He had two more strikeouts on the day, but was able to work a walk. Thus far, a good portion of his strikeouts have been within the strike zone, which is something that Michael Young pointed out on the Ben & Skin show yesterday.
  • Nick Martinez, one of the pitchers battling for the 5th starter spot, pitched 2 solid innings, giving up only a hit. So, it was nice to see him have a solid outing to follow up a good one from Chi Chi Gonzalez yesterday.