The 2018 season has not been easy on Texas Rangers fans. However, there is actually a lot to be excited about. Not just in regards to future seasons, but also the rest of this one.
It has been painful to watch the Texas Rangers for much of the year. I mean “roll your eyes or slap yourself in the forehead” painful. The 2018 season might be a wash in terms of contention; however, I’m here to offer multiple reasons to stay tuned in.
Friday night’s 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals was an exciting one. It included all the desirables: home runs, triples, solid pitching, flashy defense and fundamentals. Of course, games like this happen over the course of the regular season. What separates this one from the others?
Every exciting play was made by a player under age 26 and/or under team control. Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman (both age 23) homered. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (age 23) made two outstanding defensive plays at 3rd base. Jurickson Profar flashed the leather at shortstop and contributed his 15th double in 45 games. Delino DeShields executed a squeeze bunt and hit a triple. Lastly, Mike Minor, the 30-year-old veteran of the bunch, earned the win by pitching six strong innings.
Each performance leads into the four reasons to actually be excited about the rest of the 2018 season.