Prince Fielder is struggling for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 11:16 am

32-year old lefty swinging DH Prince Fielder continues to struggle at the plate for the Texas Rangers.  Fielder has played in 38 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 26 of 141 (.184 avg, .530 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 20 RBIs.  He has now played in 238 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 250 of 904 (.277 avg, .773 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 28 homers and 134 RBIs.  It’s starting to look like the Tigers really got over on the Rangers in the Ian Kinsler/Prince Fielder trade.

The Texas Rangers need more production from their catchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Saturday 30 April 2016 at 10:24 am

With Robinson Chirinos out with a broken forearm, the Texas Rangers could look to make a deal for a catcher if 28-year old righty swinging Bryan Holaday and 27-year old lefty swinging Brett Nicholas don’t start picking up the pace with the bat.  Holaday has played in 12 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6 for 35 (.171 avg, .456 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Nicholas has played in 7 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6 for 25 (.240 avg, .776 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  There were whispers over the winter that the Rangers had inquired with the Brewers about Jonathan Lucroy and the Padres about Derek Norris.  I could look to the Rangers re-visiting those conversations if Holaday and Nicholas don’t start hitting better in the near future.

Ian Desmond looks lost at the plate for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 6:55 am

30-year old righty swinging Ian Desmond has been a shortstop his whole career until 2016.  The Texas Rangers signed him to play left field for them.  Desmond rejected a qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals over the winter and he settled for a 1-year prove it deal from the Rangers for half the money.  He played in 156 games for the Nationals last year and he was 136 of 583 (.233 avg, .674 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 19 homers, 62 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  It was his worst full season in his time in the show.  It looked as if the pressure of a free agent walk year hurt him last year, and it’s looking worse so far this year.  He has played in 9 games for the Nationals so far this year and he is 4 for 35 (.114 avg, .298 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 12 whiffs.  Desmond better get his act together before Josh Hamilton and Shin-Soo Choo get back, or he might find his butt on the bench.

The Texas Rangers didn’t hit much against the Mariners

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 1:42 pm

The Texas Rangers somehow scored 10 runs in their season opening series against the division rival Seattle Mariners despite hitting only .161 with a .504 OPS as a team!  The Rangers only have four hitters with a batting average higher than .182 so far this year.  Elvis Andrus is leading the team, as he has played in 2 games for the Rangers this year in which he is 2 for 6 (.333 avg, .762 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  Adrian Beltre has played in all 3 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .762 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  Robinson Chirinos has played in 2 games for he Rangers so far this year and he is 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .714 OPS) with 1 RBI and outfielder Justin Ruggiano has played in 1 game for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS) with 1 RBI.  The Rangers are going to need some more guys to step up with the sticks in the near future.

The Texas Rangers’ starting pitchers can’t hit much

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 10:44 am

The starting pitchers of the Texas Rangers can’t hit much.  Here is a look at how the starting pitchers of the Rangers have hit so far in their careers:

Cole Hamels, lefty swinger – Hamels has by far the most experience as a hitter out of the Rangers’ starting pitchers.  He was 7 for 42 (.167 avg, .357 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  He is now 106 of 610 (.174 avg, .409 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 1 homer, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

Yu Darvish, righty swinger – Darvish didn’t bat or pitch for the Rangers last year.  He is 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .455 OPS) so far in his career.

Derek Holland, switch-hitter – Holland didn’t bat last year for the Rangers.  He is 0 for 12 (.000 avg, .143 OPS) with 1 run scored so far in his career.

Martin Perez, lefty swinger – Perez was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.  He is now 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) so far in his career.

Colby Lewis, righty swinger – Lewis was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) last year.  He is now 7 for 27 (.259 avg, .556 OPS) with 1 run scored and 5 RBIs so far in his career.

Chi Chi Gonzalez, righty swinger – Gonzalez has yet to bat in his Major League career.

A.J. Griffin, righty swinger – Griffin didn’t bat or pitch last year.  He is 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .200 OPS) so far in his career.

Nick Martinez, lefty swinger – Martinez was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  He is now 0 for 7 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 3 runs scored so far in his career.

Jurickson Profar is having a very rough rookie year for the Texas Rangers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 4:22 pm

20-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Jurickson Profar is having a rough rookie season in 2013.  He has played in 81 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 66 of 279 (.237 avg, .639 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 25 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Profar has now played in 90 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 69 of 296 (.233 avg, .641 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Profar came into this season as the Rangers’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  The fact that Profar has been moved all over the field has probably hurt him at the plate, as he is a natural SS.

Leonys Martin is slowing down at the plate lately for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 4:06 pm

25-year old lefty swinging CF Leonys Martin is struggling at the plate so far in the second half of the season for the Rangers.  He has played in 45 games for the Rangers so far in the second half of the season and he is only 40 for 165 (.242 avg, .636 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Martin has now played in 127 games overall this year for the Rangers and he is 105 of 395 (.266 avg, .707 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 7 homers, 37 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.  Martin is #2 on the Rangers in steals (32) and he is also #4 in runs scored (59).  The Rangers need Martin to heat back up.

The Texas Rangers have to be a little disappointed in their production in CF so far in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 4:50 pm

The Rangers were hoping to have a rock solid platoon in CF in 2013 with 25-year old lefty swinging Leonys Martin and 29-year old righty swinging Craig Gentry…..but it just hasn’t happened so far in 2013.  Martin has been better so far in 2013 with the bat.  He has played in 56 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 35 of 139 (.252 avg, .700 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Gentry has played in 49 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 25 of 114 (.219 avg, .626 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  The Rangers need more than just speed out of this duo…..they need them to start getting base more often….period.

David Murphy is off to a rough start for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 April 2013 at 5:20 pm

The Rangers have given 31-year old lefty swinging David Murphy a full-time job for the first time (in LF) and he is struggling with the bat so far this year.  Murphy has played in 13 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 8 for 50 (.160 avg, .488 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Murphy is struggling with both righty and lefty pitchers so far this year.  He has a career batting average of .289 (.835 OPS) vs. righty pitchers and he is hitting .263 (.666 OPS) against lefty pitchers so far in his career.  So it will bear watching to see if Murphy can’t handle hitting lefties this year.  Regardless, he is going to have to start hitting if he wants to keep his full time gig for a while.

The Texas Rangers need a little more production from the center fielders

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 11 April 2013 at 1:07 pm

The Texas Rangers need more offensive production out of 25-year old lefty swinging Leonys Martin and 29-year old righty swinging Craig Gentry, who are platooning in CF.  Martin has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3 for 17 (.176 avg, .476 OPS) with 4 runs scored.  Gentry has played in 5 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4 for 13 (.308 avg, .896 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 3 stolen bases.  Gentry is actually off to a good start, but the Rangers need more out of Leonys Martin with the bat moving forward.

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