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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.

Josh Hamilton is mired in a deep slump for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 29 July 2012 at 2:51 pm

31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton was awesome early this year, as evidenced by the fact that he still leads the majors in RBIs with 83 of them. He has played in 91 games this year and he is 98 of 345 (.284 avg, .931 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 28 homers, 83 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Those are rock solid numbers, but he has been pretty awful lately. He has played in 19 games so far in July and he is 10 for 69 (.145 avg, .505 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and 21 whiffs. Since June 1st, Hamilton has played in 44 games in which he is 31 of 163 (.190 avg) with 18 runs scored, 7 homers, 26 RBIs, 2 stolen bases and 56 whiffs. His struggles have prompted team president Nolan Ryan to chime in about the fact that Hamilton is swinging a lot of bad pitches and giving away ABs. The Rangers hope that Hamilton shakes off the criticism and gets back to mashing to ball as they need all the help they can get in an effort to hold off the surging A’s and the improved Angels in the A.L. West.

Michael Young is starting to look his age on the field for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 8 June 2012 at 9:56 am

35-year old righty swinging DH/1B/3B Michael Young is starting to slow down with a bat in his hands. He has played in 56 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 66 for 232 (.284 avg, .685 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 3 homers, 24 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Those aren’t bad numbers for a middle infielder, but not so good for a corner infielder/DH. Young has now played in 1,723 games in his first 13 years with the Rangers and he is 2,127 of 7,020 (.303 avg, .797 OPS) with 1,031 runs scored, 172 homers, 941 RBIs and 89 stolen bases. Young is already the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played (1,723), hits (2,127), runs scored (1,031), doubles (398) and triples (53). He is also tied for #8 in batting average (.303), #6 in homers (172), #3 in RBIs (941) and #6 in walks (508) in Rangers’ history. The Rangers hope that Young starts producing at the plate soon, so they don’t have to start cutting his P.T.

David Murphy is having a rough season for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Saturday 20 August 2011 at 3:53 pm

29-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Murphy is having a rough time so far in 2011. Coming into this season, Murphy played in 440 games in his first five years in the majors and he was 393 for 1,393 (.282 avg, .802 OPS) with 200 runs scored, 47 homers, 212 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. The Rangers thought that Murphy would keep on rolling along in 2011, but it hasn’t been the case. Murphy has played in 86 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 68 for 280 (.243 avg, .637 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 5 homers, 23 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Rangers are still holding out hope that Murphy will finish the 2011 season strongly.

Ian Kinsler is in a big slump for the Texas Rangers right now

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 May 2011 at 11:57 am

Starting 2B Ian Kinsler isn’t hitting much lately after getting off to a fast start to the 2011 season. Kinsler is only 5 for 30 (.167 avg) in his last 8 games and he has 5 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Kinsler has now played in 35 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 29 for 133 (.218 avg, .744 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 5 homers, 15 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. The Rangers need Kinsler to get back on the right track with Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz out of the lineup due to injury.

The Texas Rangers need more out of Julio Borbon

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, In Need of a Slumpbuster, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 11 April 2011 at 12:47 pm

The Rangers need starting CF Julio Borbon to get his act together. He has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4 for 18 (.222 avg, .744 OPS) with 1 run scored, 2 triples and 3 RBIs. Borbon has outstanding speed but it doesn’t really matter if he can’t get on base. Borbon has also had issues on D as he has looked lost in CF since spring training. The Rangers need Borbon to pick up his game because they don’t want to have to use Josh Hamilton in CF. Still, with David Murphy playing as well as he is right now he is pushing Borbon for P.T. Murphy has played in 4 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.250 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

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