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Adrian Beltre is on fire at the plate for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 September 2013 at 7:45 am

34-year old righty swinging 3B Adrian Beltre is on fire at the plate right now for the Rangers.  Beltre has played in 137 games overall this year and he is 174 of 541 (.322 avg, .903 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 28 homers, 83 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Since July 1st, Beltre has played in 57 games for the Rangers in which he is 78 of 217 (.359 avg) with 33 runs scored, 14 homers, 41 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Beltre has really pickup the pace at the plate since Nelson Cruz got suspended by Major League Baseball and they need him to stay hot the rest of the way in 2013.

Nelson Cruz could be playing on borrowed time for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 12:24 pm

Ryan Braun got nailed with a 65 game suspension by MLB for his involvment with the Biogenesis Lab in Miami.  33-year old righty swinging RF Nelson Cruz’ name has also appeared in documents and he could be facing a 50 game suspension by MLB.  Cruz has played in 96 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 100 for 367 (.272 avg, .837 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 23 homers, 70 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Cruz is leading the Rangers in both homers and RBIs so far this year.  Cruz has slowed down a little bit so far in July for the Rangers.  He has played in 17 games for the Rangers so far this month and he is 20 for 72 (.278 avg, .751 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs.  The Rangers are likely in the market for a corner outfielder at the trade deadline just in case Cruz is suspended in the near future.

Could the Texas Rangers be showcasing Jurickson Profar?

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 3:22 pm

I think the Rangers are showcasing 20-year old righty swinging SS Jurickson Profar for a trade later this month.  He has played in 32 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 28 of 108 (.259 avg, .705 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs.  Profar has now played in 41 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 31 for 125 (.248 avg, .699 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs.  I think the Rangers are going to be on the hunt for a big time starting pitcher later this month and Profar might be the bait, as he came into this season as the Rangers’ #1 overall prospect according to Baseball America.

Nelson Cruz is pounding the ball in June for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 8:48 am

32-year old righty swinging RF Nelson Cruz is ripping the ball so far in June for the Rangers.  Cruz has played in 25 games for the Rangers so far this month and he is 25 of 92 (.272 avg, .904 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 7 homers, 19 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Cruz has now played in 77 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 76 of 287 (.265 avg, .848 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 20 homers, 58 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Cruz is leading the Rangers right now in both homers and RBIs, as he has been clutch.  It doesn’t seem as if being mentioned in the Biogenesis Scandal is effecting him….yet.

Jeff Baker is taking off for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 11 June 2013 at 11:40 am

31-year old righty swinging infielder Jeff Baker is getting his big shot to play due to the injury to 1B Mitch Moreland.  Baker has played in 8 games so far in June for the Rangers and he is 7 for 27 (.259 avg, 1.051 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 4 homers and 7 RBIs.  Baker has now played in 36 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 26 of 78 (.333 avg, 1.140 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 9 homers and 16 RBIs.  Baker has been sharing P.T. with 25-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris McGuiness, who was called up to replace Mitch Moreland on the active roster.  McGuiness has played in 3 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2 for 8 (.250 avg, .625 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He has also played in 55 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 53 of 193 (.275 avg, .858 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 6 homers and 34 RBIs.  The Rangers hope that Baker and McGuiness can keep up the good work while Mitch Moreland is out of action.

UPDATE:  (6/19/2013) - The Rangers have placed Jeff Baker on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right thumb.  Baker has played in 37 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 26 of 82 (.317 avg, 1.086 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 9 homers and 16 RBIs.

Mitch Moreland has been awesome in May for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 27 May 2013 at 7:14 am

27-year old lefty swinging 1B Mitch Moreland is ripping the ball so far in May.  He has played in 24 games for the Rangers so far in May and he is 28 of 87 (.322 avg, 1.035 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 7 homers and 14 RBIs.  Moreland has now played in 50 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 51 for 173 (.295 avg, .901 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 10 homers and 24 RBIs.  In his first three years, Moreland had career highs of 60 runs scored, 16 homers and 51 RBIs.  He looks like he’s going to smash those numbers now that he is a full-time player for the Rangers.

Jeff Baker could start playing a little more in the near future for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 9 May 2013 at 8:53 am

31-year old righty swinging infielder Jeff Baker is swinging a hot stick for the Rangers so far this year.  He has played in 17 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 11 for 33 (.333 avg, 1.103 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs.  It would be smart of the Rangers to find more ABs for the Rangers in the near future if Baker keeps raking like he is right now.  Baker can handle playing 1B, 2B, 3B and the corner outfield spots….which should make it easy to find him more ABs moving forward.

Ian Kinsler is off to a red hot start at the plate for the Texas Rangers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 4 May 2013 at 12:02 pm

30-year old righty swinging 2B Ian Kinsler is on fire with the bat so far this year for the Rangers.  Kinsler has played in 28 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 39 for 114 (.342 avg, .958 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 5 homers, 18 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Kinsler has walked more times (11) than he has whiffed (10) so far this year as he is really locked in at the plate right now.  The Rangers need Kinsler to stay healthy this year, as he is the guy that makes the offense go for them.

Ian Kinsler is on fire with the bat for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 8 April 2013 at 11:58 am

30-year old righty swinging 2B Ian Kinsler is on fire for the Rangers so far this year.  He has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 8 for 24 (.333 avg, 1.116 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  He has walked more times (3) than he has whiffed (2) so far this year, so he is locked in.  The Rangers need everyone in the lineup to step up to help replace Josh Hamilton (signed with the Angels over the winter), and Kinsler is doing his part so far in 2013.

Nelson Cruz and Lance Berkman start the 2013 season hot for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 5 April 2013 at 8:39 am

32-year old righty swinging RF Nelson Cruz and 37-year old switch-hitting DH Lance Berkman hit the ball well against the Astros in the Rangers’ opening series of the 2013 season.  Cruz has played in 3 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6 for 12 (.500 avg, 1.122 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Berkman has played in 3 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6 for 10 (.600 avg, 1.392 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Berkman has walked 3 times while only whiffing 1 time so far this year as he seems locked in at the plate.  The Rangers are really depending on Cruz and Berkman’s bats this year, so they hope that can stay healthy and keep up the good work.

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