Texas Rangers: Three Ways to Improve The Team This Off-Season
By Andrew Webb
Step 3: Finding consistent hitters
It is hard to deny that most of the Rangers offense this season has come from the home run ball. The team lives and dies on the long ball, and it’s slowly killing the team. It’s time for a change and it needs to happen fast.
The Rangers do have three players with 20 home runs or more. They also have four players with 100 plus strikeouts and less than 50 walks. It’s hard to play consistently when the team is living off home runs and streaky hitters.
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As of right now the Rangers are sixth in the MLB in total strikeouts. The team is second in home runs, but 25th in OBP. The Rangers are tied with the Oakland Athletics for 29th in team batting average at .240 this season.
Bringing in players like Ben Zobrist that can take walks and get on base is a must this off-season. The Rangers have stacked their team with power, but it’s hard to win games off solo home runs. The organization needs to add players that can get on base.
Players like Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo are always going to be home run or nothing players. Texas needs to be able to build around them and find guys that can get on base in front of them. The organization will continue to struggle if every player is always swinging for the fences.
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It’s time for a change in Arlington, and hopefully Jon Daniels can improve this organization over the off-season. Making three or four additions over the off-season could take the Rangers to a whole new level in 2018.