2010 Texas Rangers Starting Lineup
The starting lineup included power and speed. The catching position was a platoon that worked for the Rangers. The primary catcher was veteran Matt Treanor who played 82 games for the Rangers during the regular season. Treanor was a defensive specialist who hit .211 and compiled five home runs and 27 RBI’s. In the playoffs, Treanor was replaced by Bengie Molina as the primary catcher.
Rookie Justin Smoak started the season at first base but, was traded before the deadline in the Cliff Lee trade.
Rookie Mitch Moreland took over at first base and played 47 games. Moreland hit for a .255 AVG, nine home runs and 25 RBI’s. Moreland played 15 playoff games for the Rangers going 16 for 46 for a .348 AVG, and seven RBI’s.
Ian KInsler played 2B for the Rangers. In 103 games, Kinsler hit for a .286 AVG, nine home runs, 45 RBI’s, and 15 SB. Kinsler played all 16 playoff games for the Rangers going 16 for 54 for a .296 AVG, three home runs, nine RBI’s and three SB.
Elvis Andrus played SS and was in his 2nd season playing MLB. Andrus made his first all-star game appearance and played 150 games, hit for a .265 AVG, 35 RBI’s and 32 SB. Andrus played all 16 playoff games for the Rangers going 20 for 68 for a .294 AVG, four RBI’s and eight SB.
Michael Young was in his second year playing 3B. In 157 games, Young hit .284, had 21 HR and 91 RBI’s. Young played all 16 playoff games for the Rangers going 17 for 67 for a .254 AVG, one home run and seven RBI’s.
Josh Hamilton helped lead the offense while playing LF. Hamilton made his 3rd all-star appearance while playing 133 games, leading the AL with a .359 AVG, hitting 32 HR and adding 100 RBI’s. Hamilton played all 16 playoff games for the Rangers going 11 for 58 for a .190 AVG, five home runs, nine RBI’s and four SB. Hamilton was the ALCS MVP when he hit four home runs and added seven RBI’s.
Speedster Julio Borbon played CF for the Rangers. In 137 games, Borbon hit .276, had three HR, 42 RBI’s and 15 SB. Borbon played eight playoff games for the Rangers going one for nine for a .111 AVG.
After being an all-star the previous year, Nelson Cruz played RF for the Rangers. In 108 games, Cruz hit for a .318 AVG, 22 HR, 78 RBI’s, and 17 SB. Cruz played all 16 playoff games for the Rangers going 19 for 60 for a .317 AVG, six home runs and 11 RBI’s.
Vladimir Guerrero was the full-time DH. Guerrero played in his 9th all-star game while playing 152 games for Texas. Guerrero hit for a .300 AVG, 29 HR, and added 115 RBI’s. Guerrero played 15 playoff games for the Rangers going 13 for 59 for a .220 AVG and six RBI’s.