Texas Rangers: Grading the Team at the Halfway Point
By Kenneth Nash
Similar to the infield and outfield categories, to qualify for DH category, the majority of the games started played by the player are in the DH spot of the lineup. Both the qualifying players have been superb at the plate this season and helped as major offensive catalysts for the entire team.
Shin-Soo Choo: 75 G, .285/.384/.496/.880, 1.3 WAR
Shin-Soo Choo has picked up right where he left off in 2018 at the plate. The 36-year old veteran is one of the most consistent players in the lineup and among the best leadoff men in the league. His hefty contract still weighs heavily on the minds of fans but his production is really the sole reason Willie Calhoun can’t get consistent playing time. Choo is living up to expectations once again and is a big part of this feared lineup.
Hunter Pence: 55 G, .294/.353/.608/.962, 1.4 WAR
If Danny Santana is one of the greatest minor-league deals in club history, Hunter Pence has to be one of the best of all time. The veteran has seen a career resurgence after joining Texas this offseason and earned himself a starting spot as the DH on the AL All-Star team. He’s hitting the ball hard and all over the park and has quickly become a fan favorite. He’s gotten his fair share of time in the outfield and will continue to get ample at-bats when he returns from the IL.