Nomar Mazara has an OPS of like 1.650 and tonight he had a career high six-RBI game. How? Well, he did this for starters:
Overall, Maz went 3-for-5 with with two runs scored and is hitting .588 on the year. Our Big Chill is on pace for 364.5 RBIs and is currently baseball's leader in fWAR at 0.6.
Elsewhere, Carlos Gomez went 2-4 with three runs scored. Each of his two hits were doubles and he drove in a run. In addition, he did this:
Rougie Odor hit his third dong of the year and added a double later on for a 2-for-4 evening with two RBIs. In addition to the continued steady play of Elvis Andrus and the maturation of Joey Gallo, the three above have been the story for the Rangers -- at least offensively -- so far this season.
If Carlos Gomez is good again and Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara are taking those next big steps, the Rangers are going to be just fine.
In 2016, when the Rangers eventually won 95 games, they began the year 1-3. In 2017, the Rangers are 1-3 and I'd argue that they've looked better doing it than last year's squad.
Player of the Game: I mean, it's Maz. But I want to highlight the effort of Alex Claudio who came into the game in the 5th after it was clear that starter A.J. Griffin didn't have it tonight. Claudio got out of a bases loaded jam created by Griffin with a double play to keep a game that had been 8-0, but suddenly became 8-4, still out of the reach.
Claudio then tossed an additional three innings of middle relief for a total of 3 2/3 innings (a third of an inning more than the Rangers got out of Griffin) and allowed zero runs on a hit and a walk. He and his Bugs Bunny changeup have been sweet manna from heaven for this 'pen for a long while now.
Up Next: The Rangers and A's continue their series with Texas ace Yu Darvish on the mound against his kryptonite from Oakland. The A's counter with their Opening Day starter RHP Kendall Graveman. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.