A Look Back at Texas Rangers' Opening Days in 1972, 1994

02 April, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Nomar Mazara right fielder for the Texas Rangers

The Astros won their first World Series championship in 2017 but had to go through the Rangers to win the American League West, even though Texas ended up fourth in the division and lost 84 games a year ago.

YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 1: Giancarlo Stanton had two home runs, including the hardest-hit, opposite-field home run since tracking exit velocity began in 2015, and also doubled as NY won at Toronto and gave Aaron Boone a win in his first game as a professional manager.

ORIOLES 3, TWINS 2: Adam Jones homered on Fernando Rodney's first pitch starting the bottom of the 11th inning, and Baltimore won at home for its eighth consecutive win on Opening Day.

It was the 100th home run in the brief but decorated career of the reigning World Series MVP. After adding former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Gerrit Cole, to an already lethal rotation, the Astros are no doubt favorites to reach the World Series again. The Texas Rangers are still trying 2½ seasons after getting Hamels.

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In the first inning, third baseman Alex Bregman moved to left field, opening up the entire left side of the infield for the pull-happy Gallo.

HOUSTON STARTER LHP DALLAS KEUCHEL (14-5, 2.90) was 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA for four starts against the Rangers last season. He hit six more homers in the postseason, including five in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cole Hamels, who has become the de facto ace of this team, will get a chance to measure up against one of the most risky lineups in the majors.

"Just the two names on the back of the jersey would make you want to show up for this matchup", Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm excited to be here for a whole season". Keuchel is 8-8 and carries a 4.02 ERA in his career against the Rangers.

Houston is 9-1 in Verlander's last 10 starts and 9-1 in their last 10 division matchups while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. "This is probably felt in the last three or four years".

The Rangers aren't going to be great, but they could be good enough. "I know we played them really hard the last couple years since I've been here, but last year not so much".

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