A testament of Rangers teams both old and new have been weak pitching and great hitting. 2007 so far has shown us weak pitching and misplaced bats.
The weak pitching I was used to, and was actually bracing myself for. The misplaced bats on the other hand, I don’t know what’s going on with that.
Michael Young is so far hitting .171, Teixeira slightly higher at .233, Hammerin’ Hank is at .220, the Cat is currently .154, and Corky Sosa, a measly .196. The only person doing great is Ian Kinsler who is .340 with seven homeruns, 15 RBI, and two stolen bases.
I know, I know: nobody was expecting the Sosa of 98, Tex always starts out cold, and The Cat is, well, the cat. However, the way Ron Washington and the local media was hyping this team up, I thought the balls would be flying out of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (R.I.P Ameriquest Field) And why not?
The Rangers have always had smoking bats. Juan Gonzalez, Pudge, Jose Canseco, Ruben Sierra, Alfonso Soriano, A-Fraud, Julio Franco, Raffy Palmerio, Will Clark, Rusty Greer, Dean Palmer, and Kevin Mench, are just some of the names of Rangers big bats of the past.
In conclusion, get your act together Rangers batsmen!
In the meantime, I’ll be sitting in my bunker comparing Brandon McCarthy and John Danks’ stats. Who wants to help?
PS: Congrats Dallas Stars for realizing that you were in the playoffs, and pushing the series with the Nucks to a deciding game 7.
PS2: Go Mavs!