Breaking down Ron Washington’s Texas Rangers lineup 2014
By David Cash
Sep 27, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (5) is congratulated by manager Ron Washington (left), center fielder Leonys Martin (center) and shortstop Elvis Andrus (right) after scoring a run against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
Leaving Elvis at the 2 spot makes sense. Last year, Andrus, as well as several of the other Rangers did have issues making productive outs. There were several situations where Ian was on base, and with Ian running, Andrus failed to make contact to avoid having Ian thrown out at second. If you’ve been following spring training you will have noticed one of the work outs included situational hitting. The goal is to recognize what’s going on and what is needed to advance the runner. In my opinion, last year there were a lot of times where players would approach the plate with runners on base and felt the need to drive in a run. Some times, you just need to advance the runner.
Elvis Andrus stats
|162 Game Avg.||162||621||92||170||23||6||4||56||35||58||94||.274||.339||.348||.688||84||13|