Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Last fall they were menacing, unstoppable, formidable.
Now, none of them can friggin' hit.
I don't know how it happened. Maybe Adrian Beltre was the catalyst of it all, but none of the Texas Rangers, save for an unstoppable Nomar Mazara, are doing very well at ALL. Mike Napoli, Joey Gallo and Carlos Gomez are striking out a ton, Jonathan Lucroy and Rougned Odor are hitting but underwhelming, and people like Jurickson Profar and Shin-Soo Choo aren't doing very well now that they're back to starting games. It's a very messy lineup, one that even some pretty-on Yu Darvish and AJ Griffin performances can't save.
It's very sad- I was sort of rooting for this team to get far last October, and was thinking they'd build on the 2016 squad, but the momentum's gotten lost and nobody's really doing as well as they should be. Right now the Astros are pretty much unanimously running away with the division, and the Rangers are stuck in the dirt with the other three teams.
I'm not sure if this is indicative of the entire season, though I certainly hope not. There's got to be something that clicks in a little while, makes all of this worthwhile. We'll see, I guess.
Coming Tomorrow?: Recently re-signed third baseman for a strong, varied team that needs to stop a surprise threat from running away with the division.