Texas Rangers Offense Has a Good Week
By Ben Dieter
Apr 18, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) celebrates with shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) after hitting a two run homer against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
After a rough start to the 2014 season, the Texas Rangers finally had a good week offensively. As a team they scored 37 runs in the last 7 days, and have raised their batting average to .279, highest in the American League according to Baseball Reference. They are now also second in on base percentage at .345 (the Twins are first at .347) and they are third in the American League in slugging percentage at .414, behind the Yankees (.420) and the Angels (.450). The Texas Rangers lead the American League in hits with 170 and in doubles with 38. Quite a difference from a week ago when we were all calling this team dead in the water.
The Texas Rangers are starting to gel in my opinion, and they still have a catching tandem of J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos that is batting a collective .136 with 2 home runs (both belong to Robinson Chirinos) and 13 strikeouts. They have a second base tandem of Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson replacing Jurickson Profar that is hitting a collective .239 with 0 home runs and 15 strikeouts. The only positive replacement would be Kevin Kouzmanoff replacing Adrian Beltre at third. Kouz is batting .366 with 2 home runs and he has struck out just 5 times, all according to the Texas Rangers website. Once the Texas Rangers get Geovany Soto, Profar and Beltre back in the line up they will only continue to get better in my opinion.
The Rangers now have the second best record in the American League behind the Oakland Athletics. Pretty amazing that the top two records in the AL both belong to AL West teams, not only that, but these two team will face off for the first time this season starting tomorrow night. If this offense is now on a roll, then I am going to start feeling a whole lot better about the 2014 season. Lets start having some confidence in the Texas Rangers, and lets see if they can go into Oakland and win the series!