The Texas Rangers have been offensive lately. That being, they have hurt other teams’ feelings with their offense.
In case you missed it over the weekend, they scored—a whole lot.
Granted, most of that was the 15-run outburst on Sunday. The Rangers outscored the Yankees 24-8 in the four-game series and took 3 out of 4 contests.
With the second-best record in the American League, the Rangers also finished April with their best record since 2013, which was also 17-11.
The offense has put up 10 runs or more in 25% of their games in 2023. Some of that is without Corey Seager.
The pitching overall has not been bad either, but the offense seems to be meshing well. Jonah Heim, Adolis Garcia, and Josh Jung are leading the way.
JUNG SLAM. 💥#StraightUpTX
— Rangers Nation (@RangerNationDAL) May 1, 2023
Robbie Grossman is doing good at the plate as well. The Rangers responded to the Jacob deGrom news by taking the next three games from the Yankees
We all know that this pace will not continue. The Rangers are averaging nearly 6 runs per game. They have a team ERA of 3.43.
Adolis Garcia had a 30 RBI month with 8 long balls. In fact, they had 4 players with more than 20 RBI (Adolis, Jonah Heim, Josh Jung, and Marcus Semien).
It is not all sunshine and roses, though. Brad Miller struggles with a .179/.283/.282 with 1 homer and 1 RBI. Mitch Garver, Corey Seager, and Jacob deGrom are dealing with injuries.
Andrew Heaney has struggled, and the bullpen has had a few explosions (see Cincinnati Series).
Leody Taveras and Bubba Thompson are also struggling at the plate. Both are hitting around the Mendoza line (.204 and .200)
Bruce Bochy has made a difference. So has Mike Maddux. I have confidence in the team.
I’m not saying that Chris Woodward was the problem, as he was not given a competitive roster last season.
When your manager has been there and done that, there is trust from most fans. Players trust his judgment as well
And Rangers fans remember well the last time Mike Maddux was here.
This team is good. Much better than I projected through the first month of the season. Now we will see if they can keep it up.
If the Rangers somehow average 6 runs a game and have an ERA under 4, they may just be a World Series contender. I’m not quite ready after 28 games to call them that.
Hopefully, Rangers fans enjoyed the first month of the season. Always remember not to get too high or too low. Winning and losing are a part of baseball, and even the great teams get blown out occasionally.
I’ll be ready to re-evaluate this team after their West Coast road trip. Divisional games are always challenging and even more demanding when you play late at night.