Back during the World Series runs on 2010 and 2011, the Texas Rangers had no lack of power at all with players like Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre and more int he line-up from day-to-day. 2013 was a different story, however, as the Texas Rangers were not the power hitting threat that they had been in seasons past. Adrian Beltre really had no protection in the line-up to help him see better pitches, and of course Nelson Cruz got himself suspended for performance enhancing drugs. It was a rough season offensively for the Texas Rangers. Here is how they compared in the AL in 2012 and then in 2013.
“I knew he had a little fun. I wasn’t around him a lot, played against him a lot. When you get to see a guy every day, you learn more about him. He’s funny,I like him. So it’s cool so far” From Postcards from Elysian Fields, T.R. Sullivan.
Fielder will be batting third and Beltre will be batting fourth in the Texas Rangers 2014 lineup, and that is “set in stone” according to manager Ron Washington. Fielder will be protected by Adrian, and that is going to help both of them to see better pitches in my opinion. They are going to turn into the new Texas Rangers dynamic duo. Fielders career average is over 35 long balls a season over his career, and Beltre averages 27, but he is averaging 34 home runs a season over the past three seasons with the Texas Rangers. These guys going back to back following the speedy Choo and Andrus are going to make the Texas Rangers RBI and run count go back to where we are used to it in my opinion. Beltre can get along with just about everyone and is the clear leader of this team going forward in my opinion, and Fielder seems to be a guy that is also easy to get along with, and we all know that he is going to be able to take advantage of that short porch in right field at Globe Life Park at Arlington.