Ugly numbers. 37 comments


Last week, in an under-the-radar minor league signing, the Rangers brought in center fielder Ben Revere.

He’s a former first-round pick by the Twins who, after three seasons in Minnesota, was traded to the Phillies, where he batted over .300 for three seasons, leading the National League in hits in 2014.

Then, just as quickly as he was good, he turned bad. In fact, he didn’t play in the major leagues at in 2018 after being released by both the Reds and the Angels.

The Ranger signed him to a minor league deal on February 17. He’s really not expected to make the team. Sadly, he is the guy in camp with the highest lifetime batting average.

That tells you all you need to know about the woefulness of the Rangers offense. It’s not good.

In fact, here is a list of the fourteen players who are in the running for what will probably be eleven or twelve roster spots on the 25-man squad. And, here is where each ranks in career batting average,  career on-base percentage, and career OPS.

It’s not pretty. When Ben Revere is your best hitter, you are in trouble. The reality is, the Rangers offense isn’t good. This core of young talent hasn’t really proven to be all that talented. The only thing the Rangers can hope for is that youth is on their side, and that Odor, Gallo and Mazara will figure it out. That Guzman, Calhoun, and Kiner-Falefa will make major strides.

Its a lot to ask of one player, let alone six.

Everybody is worried about the Rangers rotation. When, the truth is, their offense might be the worst part about this bad team.

All hail Ben Revere. The Rangers savior.

 

  • MikeH

    I’m shocked that Gallo’s OBP is 114 points above his avg. Not saying that’s great, his avg is 203 and OBP 317. I knew he took walks, but was unaware of how many. If he can draw walks why can’t he lay off some of those ridiculous 2 strike pitches. He and Choo are the only ones with an OBP 100 points above their average.

    • dearmidol

      What I am shocked by is why a major league hitter cannot hit the ball to the left side of the infield when every single player on defense is standing on the right side of second base. They are mocking him.

      • MikeH

        And he doesn’t seem to care! I think it’s more a case of “won’t” than “can’t”.

        • elkaba

          I heard him speak on a video of a panel discussion for fans with Mazara. Definitely sounded more like it’s been “can’t” rather than “won’t.” It also sounds like something he’s been willing (but maybe not able) to work on. All that being said, everything about this bunch remains firmly in the “we’ll see,” category.

          • CrazyEd

            He tried it for a couple weeks last season. For some reason it was quickly shut down. Whether it was him or the coaches that turned it off was never made public.

  • elkaba

    Kevin, I think your piece today perfectly encapsulates Woodward’s greatest challenge. Can he inspire/direct/coach/motivate his stable of young players to start hitting, especially with 2 strikes? And will we fans live long enough to see him succeed? Even if he’s ultimately successful, we’re looking at a long term project without any quick fixes. Personally speaking, I’ll be looking for small, steady, incremental improvements to ease the pain of so many 9-0 and 9-1 losses.

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  • CrazyEd

    ST scores. They’ve been bad. That’s the bad news. The better news is the Rangers have not really put their better players, in any kind of group, on the field. The pitchers they’ve been throwing out there have all been “depth” guys. We should soon start seeing teams that better represent what the Ranger’s have to offer. I liked what I saw from Sadzeck. It appears as if his trip to Driveline did some good. Small sample so cautious optimism is in order.

    • dearmidol

      You’re right. If the Rangers lost every spring training game 20-1 or won every spring training game 35-4, it would not matter one bit. These games in no way, shape or form represent real game situations. The only reason winning is important is it helps to start creating a winning culture.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Actual W’s and L’s do not matter. I will grant that. How they happen does, I believe. Think about it. If the pitchers got hammered in every single game, there would be great cause for concern. If the offence never scored more than 1 run a game, I’d be quite worried. So, although the team’s results don’t count. How the team performs in obtaining wins and losses can speak volumes. I have no stats to back this up, but I have a strong feeling that they would.

        • dearmidol

          What’s weird is to go back and look at how Shohei Ohtani did last year in spring. His pitching was abysmal. So much so that they were wondering if they would start him in Double-A or Triple-A. They chose to start him in MLB and he was pretty much lights out from first pitch. I honestly don’t get that.

          • Nathan Whitten

            There’s one where we scratch our heads. A player does use ST to get in “game shape.” That means some missteps and bad performances. I don’t think that any player would want to go through ST without finding a “groove.” Who knows why Ohtani did what he did last year? I’m sure all Angels would have at least felt better if he’d been better.

  • CrazyEd
    • SABERMETRICS MASTER

      Lol

    • GoRangers23

      Put a little wiggle to it. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    We made a MLB list: supposedly we will be better than we think: https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-teams-that-could-surprise-in-2019

  • GoRangers23
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    • GoRangers23

      This is a video. 21 MILES of piping! 😳

    • JacobMcCandles

      Just drove by it gonna be something!! TX,live,is as tall as Jerry world

  • JacobMcCandles

    I know most of us complain about JD and trading the farm away….and rightfully so. But just as big IMO is terrible scouting and drafting. I’m looking at another teams farm who has 6 at least SPs better than our best one. The thought processes recently of Yanks and Astros have allowed them to make legit post season runs while constantly retooling. It’s not an on/off switch, it’s constant.

  • GoRangers23

    Is there any way to hear the game today? Anyone know?

    • CrazyEd

      mlb at bat

      • dearmidol

        That is how I am listening to it. On MLB.com.

      • GoRangers23

        I tried that first, but for some reason I have no sound. I haven’t paid for my
        subscription yet, so I thought that was how it was supposed to be. I guess I will try again. Thanks!

  • GoRangers23

    Hunter Pence…….I can’t wait to actually see him in action during the regular season! He just got a double, then stole third…..Protect that shoulder Mr. Pence!

  • CrazyEd

    Good Grief! Good Inning! Six runs and it ain’t over yet.

    • elkaba

      Minor difference in this game than the last few.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice game by Calhoun…..

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ir would be hilarious to me if they lost this game.

  • CrazyEd

    Other than a Ranger win, not a lot to get excited about. The big inning was nice, but a bit fluky. Errors and a pitcher than wasn’t fooling anybody. There was a LOT of loud contact in that inning. Everybody that hit the ball hit it hard. A sign of a bad pitcher more than good hitters. So, you can’t really tell much from the inning. Maybe the hitters were that good and maybe they weren’t. More likely than not, the latter.

    • WhoKnowscs

      well the main problem with the big inning was . . . probably only 1(at most 2) of those players might make the opening day roster. And they were most likely playing a pitcher that won’t make the Indians opening day roster.

  • CrazyEd

    Thinking back over it, Pence showed that his shoulder isn’t bothering him all that much. As well as he still has a fire for the game. The announcers remarked that he kept the barret in the strike zone for a long time. If they are correct his time with Doug Latta is paying off. We’ll no more as AT progresses.

    • dearmidol

      He’s a guy you want to root for.

  • calntom

    Any pitcher that has been projected to make the 25-man that has pitched so far has thrown the ball very good to great in their 1st outing.