The Texas Rangers have not had what I would call a good first half of the season. With a record of 38-57, I don’t think anyone would accuse them of really getting it done if the first half of the season. That does not mean, however, that the entire first half was a bust. There was some good things (in my opinion) to come out of the first half of the season.
Yu Darvish: Yu did what Yu does for the Texas Rangers. Darvish finished at the break with an 8-5 record, an ERA of 2.97 (good enough for 9th in the AL), 4th in strikeouts with 142, and first in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.081. If the Texas Rangers can give Darvish any kind of run support in the second half, he should win 12-15 games and finish in the top 10 in ERA. Just what we would expect from Darvish. And he is an All-Star.
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Adrian Beltre: Beltre goes about his business the same way every day; like a professional. That is why he leads the league in batting average on a team that is 38-57. He is also 8th in WAR, 6th in slugging percentage, and 8th in on base percentage. Beltre is and will always be a professional the way he goes about playing the game, and that is why he is also an All-Star.
Rougned Odor has shown Texas Rangers fans that he belongs at the major league level at the ripe age of 20. He has played with a certain swagger that you don’t normally see from someone as young as he is. He has all the tools to be very successful at the major league level, and he appears to be getting better each week. Rougned is going to have a great career, and I hope it is a a Texas Rangers second baseman.
Jake Smolinski is a very short sample has impressed very much, and even though he has only been up with the Texas Rangers for a little over a week, he has made a big impact on the team. He is great in the field and so far he has dominated at the plate. I will be interested to see how he starts off the second half of the season after the All-Star break.