Which Texas Rangers Should Be in the All-Star Game?
Jun 29, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) hits a home run in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Moreland has become one of the most important players on the team this season. Not only has he played solid defense at first base to allow Fielder to DH, he has what could be a breakout season. He is hitting .301/.348/.536 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI making him on pace to set personal records for both of those categories.
A key factor to the success for Moreland has been his ability to hit left-handed pitching this season. When Beltre went down with an injury and the lineup was heavy with left-handed hitters, the team did not have to worry about Moreland as he has hit .277/.333/.415 in 72 plate appearances against lefties this year.
Moreland would deal with a similar problem to Fielder as the first base position is a strong group in the American League. In the eyes of the manager, Moreland might even have to top Fielder to be considered as they would likely narrow it down to either one of these two rather than bringing both of them in.