But, that’s why there’s the all too familiar saying “that’s why they play the game.”
What most didn’t expect is how the back end of the rotation would perform.
Left hander Matt Harrison and right handers Derek Holland and first time starter Alexi Ogando had solid performances.
The three young pitchers combined to give up just four runs and 14 hits through 19 solid innings of work. There isn’t anyone who could have predicted that kind of start for these three young pitchers.
They were the concern coming in to the season. Everyone knew what C.J. Wilson brought to the table as the team’s ace and people saw what Colby Lewis was capable of doing in the rotation last season.
But after the struggles
went through in the playoffs last year, I don’t know that I could blame any of the fans for having their doubts about how he would perform. Though he was shaky through a few innings on Monday night, he finished with two big strikeouts to get out of a jam that definitely could have gotten out of hand. Holland
Neftali Feliz still dominates
One night later, Feliz would pick up his second save of the season and again without giving up a hit. For those of you who wanted to know why he was put back in the bullpen as the team’s closer, you saw why over the last two nights.
Nelson Cruz in power mode
Michael Young still a Ranger