The Texas Rangers began their quest to defend their title on Thursday, March 28th. They defeated the Cubs and then took the series 2 games to 1.

The team celebrated on Thursday with the dropping of the banner (which didn’t go well) and on Saturday with the ring ceremony.

The Rangers currently lead the American League West, but it is a little early to be scoreboard-watching.

I thought we would review opening weekend and the good and the bad from the series against the Cubs.

The Good

Wyatt Langford. Do I need to say anything else?

With a slash line of .333/.400/.500/.900 after the first series and a great catch in his first attempt, Langford is quickly showing he belongs.

Jared Walsh has shown that he was a great addition to the team. With a slash line of .444/.444/.889/1.333, he has been a force at the plate so far. His defense has not been bad, either.

Walsh has been more than adequate in the first series of the season.

Cody Bradford was as good as fans could have asked for in the season’s second game. In 5 innings of work, he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk. He kept the Rangers in the game, and they wound up winning big.

Bradford has proven that he is a viable option for the rotation.

The bullpen (minus someone who will be in the bad category) has pitched very well so far. They have given up 5 earned runs, and that was all one person.

It has been a strength so far in 2024.

The Bad

Evan Carter has yet to get a hit. I put him in the bad for this weekend, but I believe he will be fine—just a slow start for him at the plate.

Leody Taveras has also had a bad start at the plate, misplaying a ball in the outfield. I still believe he will be fine, but it was a rough start.

Jon Gray did not look sharp at all in his first start of the season, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in 3.2 innings pitched. It was a rough first start of the season for Gray.

Jose LeClerc has an ERA of 27.00 after his 2 games. What is more concerning is that he has allowed 5 runs on 1 hit and 5 walks in 1.2 innings. While the Rangers have said there are no roles in the pen, LeClerc was supposed to be the closer. He will have to do much better.

What’s Next

The Rangers begin a series Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, a team they eliminated from the postseason in 2023 in two games. Dane Dunning and Andrew Heaney get their first starts of the season. Hopefully, they can keep the Rangers in the game.

Overall, it was not a bad start to the 2024 season. This should be a great season for Rangers fans.

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