When you look at the Texas Rangers of 2024, most fans see disappointment. The record is not great; the offense has been mediocre at best.

Wyatt Langford and Evan Carter have both suffered injuries, and five starters were on the injured list at the same time earlier.

While this team has struggled, the race is far from over.

The veteran presence of a few players has been felt.

In the Field

Marcus Semien has been a gold glove-caliber second baseman, Corey Seager has played some great shortstop, and Jonah Heim has been very good behind the plate. Sprinkle in Josh Smith at third, and the defense has been very good for the most part.

I must admit they have had their bad games sprinkled in there, especially Semien, who has been fantastic at second. They are getting the outs that need to be gotten behind some stellar pitching from the starting rotation.

Speaking of the starting rotation, the Rangers sent three veterans to the mound over the weekend, and all three performed at a high level. Nathan Eovaldi was the only one of the three pitchers to give up any runs, as they blanked the Royals twice.

Jon Gray recovered from his bad outing against the Mets, and Max Scherzer debuted with 5 one-hit innings. The bullpen closed both games down masterfully as well.

The Offense is Finally Coming Around

The Rangers offense finally came around over the weekend against the Royals, outscoring them 16-2 in their three-game set. Josh Smith was a big factor, as was rookie Wyatt Langford.

The offense goes as Semien and Seager go. When those guys get on base, good things happen.

The Rangers Wyatt Langford hit a grand slam against the Royals to break Saturday’s game open. Josh Smith hit the big home run in Sunday’s contest.

Neither of those home runs is as significant if the veterans before them don’t get on base.

The Turn Around?

Could this be the turnaround that Rangers fans have been waiting for? Josh Jung is scheduled to return shortly and should boost this offense. Josh Smith is playing to an All-Star caliber.

Marcus and Corey are doing their thing, and pitching will rarely be a problem in 2024.

I would love to see this style of baseball continue. Great pitching and timely hitting.

We don’t know if Scherzer will hold up or how Jacob deGrom will look after he returns from the injured list.

Cody Bradford should also return after the All-Star break. The Mariners aren’t exactly running away with the division right now.

All it will take is a nice 6-10 game winning streak, and the Rangers will be back in the conversation.
That would make 2024 much more exciting for many fans around Arlington.


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