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How the Texas Rangers Offense is Creating Baseball History

How the Texas Rangers Offense is Creating Baseball History

People in baseball (myself included) love to exaggerate things. When an aspect of the game is going well, we love to say, “This is the best I’ve seen in my life.” Well, in describing the Ranger’s offense for the first two-plus months, it truly is the best that most of seen in their lifetime, not as just a Rangers fan, but a baseball fan. The 2023 Texas Rangers are putting on a show with their bats that MLB The Show experts would be jealous of. In Sunday’s 12-3 mashing of the Seattle Mariners, the Rangers schooled a decent Mariners’ pitching staff outscoring Seattle 28-9 in the last two games (and winning 2-0 in game 1). In early May, I alluded to the lack of chase by the Texas Rangers, and it hasn’t stopped. Saturday, the Rangers saw a position player pitch for the 8th time in 2023, already setting a franchise record. If they face two more (Shohei Ohtani doesn’t count), they’ll tie an MLB record.

The Texas Rangers are averaging 6.5 runs per game in 58 games. They’re averaging over 7 runs a game at home, sweeping the three main batting average categories when it comes to playing at home (average, on-base, and slugging). Texas is hitting .336 with runners in scoring position, 40 points higher than the second-best team in baseball, and with runners on, the Rangers hit .314. After Sunday’s blowout win, the Rangers boosted their run differential to +152, which the baseball world hasn’t seen since 1939 in a team’s first 58 games. The Rangers have scored 10 or more runs in 16 games this season (27.5% of their games) and 15 or more runs in five games. To put it in perspective, the last two seasons Rangers scored 10 or more runs 16 times and scored 15 or more runs once between the two seasons.

From an individual perspective, four of the top five players in the American League in runs scored belong to the Rangers (Marcus Semien, Adolis García, Nathaniel Lowe, and Josh Jung), with all four occupying the top 9 in MLB. Jonah Heim is hitting .511 with runners in scoring position in a sample of 45 at-bats, and his teammate, Semien, is third in MLB at .456 with 57 at-bats. To cap that off, Heim is hitting .611 with RISP and two outs with 24 RBI. “Throughout the order, everybody has done such a great job with hitting with runners in scoring position. If one guy doesn’t do it, you feel good about the next guy,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

It’s also a next-man-up mentality for the Rangers’ position players. Texas went 19-12 when Corey Seager went down and yet scored 200 runs (most in MLB during that timeframe). Seager’s replacement, Ezequiel Duran, was top 20 in MLB with a .303 batting average. Texas currently has three players hitting below .240 (with Robbie Grossman at .239) and two players with OPS under .700. It truly is an instance where Bochy can insert anyone in any spot, and they’ll deliver.

On Sunday, Nathan Eovaldi talked about how the 2023 Texas Rangers offense compared to the 2018 Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox finished that year averaging 5.4 runs/game, leading MLB in all four main batting average categories. It was a team that included Eovaldi and catcher Sandy León. “You got a threat all the way from the bottom of the lineup to the top. You feel like any time we can roll it over to the top with guys on base, those runs are going to come in,” Eovaldi said. The 2018 Red Sox went on to win the World Series and win 108 games in the regular season.

The further you dissect the Rangers’ offense, the more eye-popping it is. However, the likelihood it is sustained is exceptionally low. I know it, you know it, and Bruce Bochy knows it. But right now, everyone is riding the momentum wave as the Texas Rangers are creating a buzz around the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. They are putting the baseball world on notice, and no, it’s not an exaggeration.

Credentialed Media Staff Writer covering the Texas Rangers for Dallas Sports Fanatic | 2014 University of North Texas graduate with a Bachelor's in Radio, Television, and Film. I talk about things. Find me on the tweeter @aplinckTX

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