Texas Rangers: What to expect from the final 50 games of 2022
By West Jones
What can Texas Rangers fans expect to see in the remaining 50 games of the 2022 season? More of the same, which means a little bit of everything — both good and bad.
Coming off of the disastrous year of 2021 that saw the Rangers post a 60 – 102 record, this year has been so much better and for sure more enjoyable to watch.
Good baseball, bad baseball — more of the same expected for Texas Rangers final 50 games
There are currently questions with every facet of the organization: do we have the right guy leading the club on the field in manager Chris Woodward? (this has been a legitimate question the last few years) Who is stepping up and improving in regard to the pitching staff, defense, and offense, as well as gauging individual players mental toughness to excel at the big-league level? The next 50 games aren’t going to fully answer either of these questions, but they will play a role in the way that Chris Young and Jon Daniels go about putting together the club for the next season and beyond.
Currently the Rangers have a record of 49 – 63. Against teams that currently boast a record of .500 or greater, Texas is 24 – 43. Of the remaining 50 game schedule, 27 of those contests are against teams that are above .500. That doesn’t bode well for the Texas Rangers to make a big push in the win column down the stretch.
It is always great to compete and win games, but reality is, the remaining portion of the schedule is more about fleshing out who are going to be some of the key contributors to next year’s club.
One thing that everyone should be getting excited about is the possible Major League Baseball debut of third baseman Josh Jung. Jung underwent surgery in February to repair a labrum tear in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. After a brief eight games in the Arizona Complex League, he continued his rehab assignment with the AAA Round Rock Express starting August 9th. With the Express, Jung has now played in three games and has already recorded four hits and one homerun.
The first priority of the Texas Rangers is to make sure that Jung is fully healthy, but if he stays on track over the next few weeks, it is quite possible that he could get the call to Arlington sometime around the first of September. For a fan base that has had little to celebrate over the last several years, this would be a moment worth cheering for.
The wins are coming, just don’t expect them to happen at a high rate over the last part of the season. Soak up the last 50 games, because it is a long stretch of time between the season finale October 5th and pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training in 2023.