Texas Rangers wrap up their first half of 2016

Acquired prior to the start of the season, Rangers Ian Desmond has been a pleasant surprise. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Acquired prior to the start of the season, Rangers Ian Desmond has been a pleasant surprise.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs


Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!
Watch YOUR Texas Rangers at Big Shucks!

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers coming out of the All-Star break are sitting with a record of 54-36. As a matter of fact, this is their best record for a first half of a season in their history! In 2012, they had 52 wins by the time the team had reached the All-Star break, but come four years later, they break their own record.  That’s not all, they were the first team to reach 50 wins this season, and they’re currently the best team in the American League, and third best in all of MLB. Right now they’re currently 5.5 games ahead of the second place Astros. So far this season, they’ve looked great. Sports Xchange has given them an A on their performance.

Let’s take a look at their performance in the first half…
Offense: They ranked sixth overall in the league. Not bad considering all the ups and downs the Rangers have had so far. They’ve scored a total of 443 runs, registered a total of 822 hits, with 142 doubles, and 14 triples. The 822 hits is almost 100 more than last year’s pre All-Star performance, and it’s their best since 2013. They’ve homered a total of 111 times, as well. They’ve been struck-out a combined total of 668 times. So far this season, their 822-for-3078 at-bats, which is 27 percent. Overall, the offense has been very good, and if they can keep it up, they’re in for an amazing show in the second half of baseball and the postseason.

The Rangers have been linked to trade rumors with the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy on the season has 11 HR, 42 RBI and a batting average of .304. That being said, the current Rangers catching tandem of Robinson Chirinos and Bobby Wilson have performed well with 9 HR and 22 RBI. If the trade happens, expect Chirinos to become the back up catcher and Wilson to move on. Lucroy adds pop, more experience and an affordable contract.

Pitching: Honestly, what started out as one of the best in the league at the beginning of the season has dropped very low in the last month or so due to injuries and poor performance. They’re now sitting at 18th in the league. They’ve surrendered a total of 427 runs, allowed 828 hits, and struck out 587 batters. They’ve surrendered more runs and allowed more hits than last year at this time, but they’ve struck out more batters, by only about 15, but the ranking is in a better position this year than last. Two years ago Rangers’ pitching had surrendered 499 runs and allowed nearly a thousand hits! So in the last two years, the Rangers’ pitching performance has been pretty much a roller coaster!

With three key pitchers of the rotation on the disabled list, the Rangers need to make a trade with a team. Reports have indicated that the Rangers are interested in Padres All-Star SP Drew Pomeranz, who’s 8-7 with 2.47 ERA. The Rangers have also shown interest in other pitchers like Jake Odorizzi (Rays), Ervin Santana (Twins), and Matt Moore (Rays). They’d all be great trades and would certainly help the Rangers in their current situation. Cole Hamels is 9-2 and he has a 3.21 ERA, but he’s not enough, so the Rangers need some insurance. A.J. Griffin hasn’t pitched more than five innings since his return from the disabled list. The Rangers’ front office need to act now!

The Rangers will be heading to the Windy City for a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Somehow and someway, the Rangers HAVE to find a way to win this series. They’ve lost three series in a row heading into the All-Star break, two of which were against the Twins, who are one of the worst teams in the league. It’s sad that prior to that, they had won a record 13 series in a row. But it’s baseball. Momentum can change all of a sudden in this game. Rangers just need to keep their heads up and do what’s very important… NEVER EVER QUIT.

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