No team has gotten less offensively from its catcher position than the Rangers.
Between Jeff Mathis, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Tim Federowicz, and Jose Trevino, it’s been a black hole. The four combined (using only IKF’s stats while catching) are 80-for-437, or .183, with 8 home runs and 34 RBIs.
For most, a three-hit night would be a good day at the office. But for a Rangers catcher, it’s a newsreel event.
Jose Trevino had his first three-hit night of his career. He doubled in the third, and then scored the Rangers second run. He singled in the fifth to set up the Rangers third run. Then he doubled again in the sixth to knock in the Rangers fifth and sixth runs.
With so few at-bats this season, the three hits took his average from .190 at the start of the game to .244.
Historians are scouring the record books to determine the last time a Rangers’ catcher’s batting average started with the number 2, and if it is, indeed, even legal.
When asked for a comment, Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis said, “A batting average starting with 2? I remember the elders talking about that once when I was growing up. But I thought that was a myth, you know, like Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster. Like a dream only the most foolish of dreamers would dream.”
But, it is, in fact, a reality. It happened last night at the Ballpark in Arlington. Jose Trevino scaled Mount Mendoza and lived to tell about it.
With the Rangers stuck with Mathis’s contract for another year, getting offense out of Treviño would be a huge boost.
Let’s hope this is the beginning of something wonderful. Offense from a catcher.
It’s so preposterous it’s almost too hard to type.
TBD (—, -.–) vs. Brock Burke (0-1, 0.75)
Game time: 7:35