Elvis Andrus hit a career-high seven home runs in 2015, and drove in sixty-two runs, second most of his career. But for the fourth year in a row, his batting average and on-base percentage slipped.
His month-by-month batting average splits were a tale of two seasons. He was pretty bad in April, May—hitting .230 and then .239—and pretty good in June, July, and August—hitting .274, .281, and .290 respectively.
But his ending overshadowed the middle. Elvis returned to sender in September, hitting .241. Then, of course, there was his crash landing in the playoffs that left an indelible stamp on every Ranger fan’s memory bank.
Which Elvis will show up in 2016? Nobody knows. But with his contract, Elvis will be showing back up in 2016. If the Rangers are able to get three good months out of him next season, you have to be good with that.
Here is a re-post from September 24, after a 10-3 Rangers win in Oakland in which Elvis blasted his first ever three-run homer. The Rangers could use a few more of those from Elvis in 2016 as well.
Three was the magic number last night.
Three, as in the number of home runs the Rangers hit.
Three, as in they tended to pick up three RBIs at once, with a couple three-run homers. A totally unlikely one from Elvis Andrus, the first ever of his career. An expected one from Adrian Beltre, who, with 411 career homers, is very accustomed to the three-RBI variety.
Three, as in three runs given up.
Three, as in three times the cameras showed Leonys Martin in the dugout leaning up against the water cooler looking, quite frankly, sad and lost.
All of those threes lead to this three, as in the Rangers have a three-game lead over the Houston Astros, with eleven games remaining.
Last night’s 10-3 win was another total team effort, the kind the Rangers have been getting a lot of lately. No single guy carried the team, the team carried every single guy.
Every player in the lineup had at least one hit, with the exception of Drew Stubbs, and he walked and scored.
Every player in the lineup scored at least one run, with the exception of Bobby Wilson, and he singled and drew a walk.
Up and down the lineup, everyone contributed.
Colby Lewis settled into another great game, picking up his seventeenth win.
The machine is firing on all cylinders.
Today they try to extend their winning streak.