Last night’s Texas Rangers victory over the Oakland Athletics reminds just how good this offense can be. Can repeat performances be expected much more frequently?
Boy have we been waiting for some fireworks. That’s one way of saying it is nice to be back home, but it’s more so a shout out to last night’s power surge. The Texas Rangers hit a season single-game high with five long balls in the 7-4 win over the Oakland Athletics. Power contributors included Robinson Chirinos, Jurickson Profar, Shin-Soo Choo, Adrian Beltre and Joey Gallo.
A performance such as last night’s was desperately needed after Texas concluded their road trip with five total runs over the final four games. Fingers can be pointed just about everywhere this season; however, the lack of consistency among the offense has stood out as much as anything.
Too many Texas Rangers hitters find themselves flirting with the Mendoza line (.200 batting average). Plus, not enough hitters are contributing their fair share of production. While it’s certainly questionable to make a big deal out of one game, wasn’t last night’s offensive masterpiece in the realm of what we’ve been expecting all season long?
Adrian Beltre sure thinks so. After the victory, Beltre stated in his postgame interview: “Our lineup is capable of doing this more often”.
It’s a simple statement, but the words from a future Hall of Famer carry a lot more weight than from your average player. Beltre is right. With him healthy and Elvis Andrus nearly healthy, the offense is headed in a very promising direction. Performances such as last night’s should happen much more often.
The Rangers are supposed to be a good hitting team. All but maybe three or four position players on their roster are capable of hitting 20+ home runs. A high team batting average was never expected, but a high scoring offense was. After all, Texas is among AL leaders in runs scored practically every year.
Let’s hope Tuesday’s offensive output isn’t a fluke. Let’s hope it becomes more of a norm rather than a rarity. The Texas Rangers have a talented offense, it just needs to show up more often.