The Texas Rangers currently sit towards the bottom of the division at 4th in the AL West with a losing record of 36-43.
But don’t count them out just yet.
They are only 6.5 games back for one of the Wildcard spots.
With 83 games remaining on the schedule a turn around is quite possible.
If history with this team has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t count out these Rangers. Then again, these aren’t the same Rangers you’ve come accustomed to.
With a lot of new faces and an almost complete roster overhaul due to untimely injuries, for the Rangers to even be in contention for a Wild Card spot is pretty remarkable.
This team is in desperation mode and must use every part of their revamped lineup to get it done.
The most recent signing of Carlos Pena is proof of that.
Skipper Ron Washington doesn’t get the credit he deserves around these parts at all times but seems to always get the blame.
This year he shouldn’t get any of that blame.
If somehow he turns this thing around and gets these boys playing to a playoff caliber, there’s no question he should get a long-term extension to be Manager here for a long time.
Biggest Surprise Thus Far
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with a few players this year. Rios is playing at an all-star caliber, Shin-Soo Choo is living up to his large contract, but there’s one player in particular that has been a bright spot in a down year for the Rangers.
Rookie infielder Rougned Odor has made me a believer that he has the potential to be a really good player in this league.
When Jurickson Profar went down at the beginning of the season, there seemed to be a hole in the lineup that would take free agency to fill.
But the 20-year-old Odor carved his way into the lineup and has performed well. He’s currently batting .274 and has a .308 on base percentage.
What’s more impressive are his plays in the field. Odor has a .980 fielding percentage with only 3 errors in the field thus far. And has already turned in quite a few web gems in his rookie season.
I’m excited to see what these Rangers will be in a couple years with so much young talent on this team but as a fan I’m always concerned about the season at hand. If they can stay poised and take each series one game at a time, in the words of US Soccer, “I Believe We Can Win.”
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